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Roger Bell New Tech Academy Finishes Strong in Robotics Competition

Author:  Whitney Hernandez, Roger Bell New Tech Academy Teacher

 

On May 4, 2019, the 3rd annual MATE ROV Coastal Carolina Regional Competition was held at Camp Albemarle in Newport, NC. It is an event that is sponsored by The Science House at CMAST and whose overall mission is to challenge and inspire students to learn and creatively apply scientific, engineering, and technical skills to solving real-world problems. The students competing, create an engineering company that designs, builds and uses underwater robots to carry out 3 specified missions. They must create and present a Technical document, Product and Marketing presentation. Teams must annotate their process and be diligent in their methods if they want a place in the awards ceremony.

This year 29 teams competing with custom-built remotely operated vehicles representing areas such as Asheville, Newport, Grantsboro, Wilmington, Beaufort, Arapahoe, Jacksonville, New Bern and Havelock. There were 21 Scout teams and 8 Navigator teams. Included in this list are 2 Scout teams from Roger Bell New Tech Academy. The teams are as follows:

  • Shark Bait (Nathaniel Babauta, Parker Cook, Lyonia Frazier, Salease George, Wesley Gladkowski, TiIonah Johnson, Sania Logan and Rowan Wild-Huntsman) and
  • Shark B-8 2.0 (Braedon Benitez, Kaliyah Boyd, Dakota Colvell, Kezia Jordan, Khimani Nolan, ZyKing Patillo, Isaiah Prichard and Ayden Rock).

Both teams comprised of novice 5th graders had been preparing for months, and on this day, they eagerly awaited their final results. It was their first year competing in an underwater robotics competition and they did not know what to expect. As the results were being announced, they were surprised and overjoyed when they heard their teams’ names.

  • Shark Bait, winners in the Technical Documentation Scout category.
  • Shark B-8 2.0, Second Place Overall category as well as receiving the Team Spirit Award.

The teams’ mentors included:  Roger Bell New Tech Academy teacher, Whitney Hernandez; parent David Wild, and Lead Technology Instructors Ysa Aroca and Charles Elliot.