THS Takes Honors in Regional Robotics Competition.

The THS 2012 Botball® Team displays their best code in tournament and top ten left standing awards. First Row: Mason DeMelo, Greg St. Germain, Kate Craddock, Second Row Richard Geurin, Mike Schriefer, Mike Piscitelli, Tom Daly, Back Row: Aleksey Klimschenko

On Saturday, May 12, the Trumbull high School Robotics Club sent eight of its members to Rahway New Jersey to compete in the NY/NJ Regional Botball® robotics tournament. The tournament followed seven weeks of intensive design, construction and programming of robots to perform maintenance tasks on a simulated coral reef restoration project. The robots were designed and built of hardware supplied by the tournament organizers. Robot programming was written using the widely accepted “C” programming language.
In the first “seeding” rounds of the tournament, the teams compete to score the maximum number of task-associated points without interference from a competing team. The following double elimination rounds are run head –to-head against opposing teams selected through the scores on the seeding portion of the tournament. At the end of the full day tournament, Trumbull’s team was awarded best program code for the tournament as well as recognition as one of the last ten standing after the elimination rounds. Though the preparations were grueling, the team was very pleased with their robots’ performances and the recognition they earned.
It should also be noted that the teams scoring higher than THS were from schools with scheduled robotics classes rather than an extracurricular club like THS. The team is very grateful to Trumbull ACE and BEI foundations for their support of the club’s participation in the tournament.

Greg St. Germain observes as Kate Craddock times her delivery of tilapia fish (ping pong balls to the THS robot on the tournament field.

Kate Craddock calibrates the robots’ launch system in preparation for the next round of competition.

YALE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION: Trumbull High School, Eric August

Students attended and competed in an actual mock trial competition against students from other high schools across the state. The competition at Yale was the same structure as the high school competition sponsored by the CCLCE. The competition proved to be an invaluable asset to helping the students prepare for the high school competition. The students had to prepare and direct cross examinations, opening and closing statements and master the art of objecting. The students worked diligently in the days before this competition to better their overall ability and it was evident in both the Yale Competition and the high school competition. The Yale Competition helped give these students practical experience in a mock trial setting.

PUBLIC ACCESS VIDEO PRODUCTION: Christian Heritage School, Bruce Stempien/Brett Flowers

Students will be provided hands on experience in the field of media production while engaged in creating high quality multimedia presentations. Students will be given the opportunity to share video productions on local access cable television. Trained and experienced professionals will provide direction and instruction directly to students.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

The Odyssey of the Mind (OoTM) is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Tasked with solving open-ended problems, students develop creative and critical thinking skills, an understanding of leadership and team building dynamics, and time and resource management skills. These are necessary and invaluable assets as students mature and, ultimately, enter the workforce in their chosen field.
Team Tashua, comprised of six 3rd grade students, finished second 3rd-5th grade division at the recent Connecticut OoTM statewide tournament, earning an invitation to the World finals where they will compete against teams from 35 states and 15 countries worldwide. Modelled after the Olympics, the World finals is a four-day event and includes opening and closing ceremonies, competitions and a variety of creative activities for the teams and coaches, many provided by leading scientific and research organizations such as NASA.