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Young Scholars robotics team advances in competition

by on March 11, 2015 1:33 PM

STATE COLLEGE — RoboScholars, a team of eight middle school students at Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, won several top awards at the regional First Lego League competition, qualifying the team to compete in the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, Wednesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 25.

At the Southwest/Central PA FLL Championship on Feb. 21, our team won two high awards, First Place Champions Award and Robot Performance Award,” said Palvan Amanov, technology specialist at YSCP and RoboScholar’s coach. The regional competition was held at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, where teams from 10 counties participated.

For this season's First Lego League World Class Challenge, more than 265,000 children from 80 countries redesign how knowledge and skills are gathered in the 21st century. The theme this year is how to teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

The FLL competition consists of three areas with separate judging: robot game, project and core values. For the robot game area, the team designed and programmed an autonomous robot that completed specific tasks. For the project section, RoboScholars designed and made the PronunciAID, a device that can record short messages and play them back, optimized for classroom use with the goal of helping students during language courses.

The YSCP robotics team members are Jason Gines, Eli Rose, Enzo Meschesi, Andrew Peters, Ayla Dedeoglu, Jonah Ellis, Araaf Mannan and Ethaniel Bishop. Team mentors are Oliver Rose and Kaining Guo, and the team coach is Palvan Amanov. Oliver Rose won an FLL Youth Mentor Award for his outstanding mentoring throughout the year.

For more information on RoboScholars, visit www.yscp.org/robotics.

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