Brookside Intermediate School’s RAHA robotics team rockin’ it with The Rock 2.0

Taking on the world – Brookside Intermediate School students are heading to a world robotics competition next month. (Press photo – Michele Murphy)

Sheffield Village – Sheffield Lake

by Michele Murphy

The arrival of wheels was cause for celebration among RAHA Tribe members who are in the process of building an entirely new robot — The Rock 2.0 — to participate in world competition.

Team members are Brookside Intermediate School (BIS) sixth-graders Rollie DeLuca, Anthony Kaczmarczyk, Alex Rion and Haley Trowbridge.

Alex and Haley are new to robotics this year, drawn to it because their friends were already involved. Once they saw it, they realized it was “pretty cool,” according to Haley.

Seated at the same table and working in two-person teams on aspects of the new design, they admitted they weren’t sure they would do well because “they had so little experience.” However, competition judges thought otherwise. Their STEM (science, math, engineering, technology) research project, entitled “Robots in Education,” won the award for best in state. This alone qualified the team for world competition. In other competition, the team also had won the Excellence Award, the highest award for overall excellence. Adviser Kevin Landis  says this is “a shining example of high quality robotics ” exhibited by the RAHA team.

Now they are focused on building a better robot to boost their chances when they compete against 250 elementary teams from over 30 different countries at the 2017 VEX IQ Elementary World Championship. It will be held April 23-25 in Louisville, Ky. The BIS teams are two of only five teams selected to represent Ohio, a feat in itself since this is just the second year the school district has sponsored an after-school robotics club.


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