Einstein’s robotics team finishes ahead of high school competitors

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Albert Einstein Middle School’s FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team competed in last weekend’s qualifying tournament at Woodcreek High School in Roseville.

Competing against a field of high school teams and teams from private robotics clubs, Einstein — the only public middle school team at the tournament – finished third.

Einstein was also chosen to partner with the top finisher Lick-Wilderming High School in San Francisco — a private school sponsored by Google, Genentech and Solidworks – in the subsequent rounds and received the Judge’s Award.

“I watched our kids grow on the spot when having to collaborate and communicate with a team of high-schoolers to attain a common goal,” said Principal Garrett Kirkland.

FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-16 is modeled after rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Played by two alliances of two robots each, robots score points by: Resetting rescue beacons; delivering rescue Climbers to a shelter; parking on the mountain; and parking in the rescue beacon repair zone or floor goal.

Robots may also score points by retrieving debris from the playing field and placing them in mountain or floor goals, and also by hanging from a pull-up bar during the last 30-seconds of a match.

Advanced Robotics is a science elective at Einstein. The competition team meets after school to work on their robot.

The Einstein team is led by UCDavis STEM teachers of the Year Kim Stowell and Mark Lyon.