Prep Robotics Club competes in Tech Challenge 2013
For a third year, the Fairfield Prep Robotics Club, moderated by math teacher Mr. Jaques, competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge —an international robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen. This year’s competition, called “Ring It Up!” involved competing in a “vertical tic-tac-toe style” game with three other teams, from area high schools, to score points. Twenty-six teams competed against each other in tournament style matchups. The Northeast Utilities Foundation’s Connecticut FIRST Tech Challenge took place on February 16 at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT.
The Fairfield Prep team competed very well, relative to the competition. Sophomore Gavin Granath said, “This year’s competition was very competitive compared to the last two years in New Hampshire. However, I think it is less about winning, and more about the skills we’ve gained here.” Staples High School came in first place at Greens Farms and will move on to the National Championship in St. Louis, Missouri in April.
In addition to competing, the team had a special chance to meet with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Senator Richard Blumenthal, who came to speak about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) opportunities in high school. Sophomore Dylan Hawkes recalls, “Governor Malloy came over to our table and talked with the team. He said he was very familiar with Fairfield Prep because of his Jesuit connections at Boston College.”
Below, you can view a picture of the team with Governor Malloy as well as a video of the robot during the competition. L-R: Aaron Simkovitz '14, Wade Dodge '14, Ethan Kee '14, Governor Dannel Malloy, Jimmy Funnel '14, Kyle Foster '15, Kyle Ryan '13, Charlie Paul '15, and Griffin Roth '15. Not pictured: Nick Siveyer '15, Gavin Granath '15, RJ Bellitto '16, Tom Foerster '13, Dylan Hawkes '15, and Ryan Brickner '14.