LYNN, MA — On Saturday February 1st, North Shore Christian School’s Lynn Robotics Club students competed in their third Southern New England VEX IQ Robotics tournament, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The middle school Steam Punks Team brought home the victory, competing against 22 other middle and elementary schools to win both the Teamwork Champion Award and the Robot Skills Champion Award. The team scored 107 and 114 points respectively, achieving record-breaking totals for their region.
The Competition consists of seven match play events during which teams must use their robots to complete specific tasks within one minute. Ten teams are paired together to battle it out in the Final rounds, one of which was the Steam Punks Team. During the Finals, the Steam Punks, with their partner team from Hopkinton, were the last team to compete and had to top a record-breaking score in order to claim the Teamwork Champion Award. The Steam Punks also earned the number 1 spot in the VEX IQ Southern New England Skills rankings. The team consists of seventh-grader Matthew Chatterton of Lynn, and eighth graders, Sebastiano Dimodica of Saugus, Matias W’Gebriel of Saugus, and McLaren Cook of Wenham.
NSCS’s elementary school team, The Bros, were awarded their second Judge’s Award this season, which is a special commendation for exemplary effort and perseverance in the face of unexpected setbacks during the event and for design and programming that exemplifies the future of Engineering and Robotics. The Bros have earned the number one skills ranking among the elementary schools teams in the Southern New England region.
The Bros consists of fourth graders Nicholas Saia of Saugus, Ralph Gerber of Peabody, Gabriel Barbosa of Lynn, and fifth grader, Brendon Sharwood of Saugus.
Both the Steam Punks and the Bros scored skills points for programming their robots to operate via remote control and autonomously, a complicated programming feat for students new to this arena.
Coach David Cook notes “It’s amazing how the kids’ love of math and science blossoms when they get to apply it in the real world. It’s particularly powerful for students who struggle with these subjects in school to see for themselves how much they can achieve.”
All three of North Shore Christian Schools Robotics teams have qualified to advance to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island State Finals in Worcester on February 29th. Winners of the state finals proceed to the World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.
For more information, contact Patti Cook, 781-599-2040
Rooted in historical evangelical Christian faith, North Shore Christian School, in concert with family and church, seeks to be a community that provides challenging elementary and secondary education. Through academic and biblical instruction, we strive to nurture each student’s learning and thinking, and equip them to serve God within their local communities and around the world. North Shore Christian School has campuses in Beverly, Lynn and Hamilton.