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MHS Students Participate in National Robotics Tournament

Monday, September 18, 2017

Superintendent John Oteri, Mayor Gary Christenson and members of the School Committee congratulated the Malden High School Robotics Team on a job well done at the recent International Botball Tournament that took place in Norman, Oklahoma. The Tournament, organized by the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) is a professional conference designed for elementary, middle and high school students, their teachers, technology education professionals, robot enthusiasts, and invited professional guests. The GCER gives attendees the inspiration and experience of a professional conference, encourages students to further their knowledge, network with other students from around the world and pursue related careers.

After competing in and taking first place the New England Botball Educational Robotics competition last April, the team was asked to represent New England in the national tournament. Although there are 13 members on the Malden Robotics Team, due to fundraising and cost challenges, only three members were able to travel to Oklahoma for the contest. Team Captain Wojciech Kochancyk, along with team members Daniel Augustin and Fabiano Marques Junior made the journey. Team Advisors Brian Morrison, Chris Bazzinotti and Adrienne D’Agostino also made the trip. In addition to guest speakers and breakout sessions, students utilize science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document robots in a hands-on project. Sixty-eight teams competed with schools from across the United States as well as Canada, Poland, Austria, Kuwait, China and Africa. The Malden Robotics Team made it to the “elite eight” part of the tournament before they were eliminated.

The MHS Robotics Team is tremendously grateful to local businesses HeliDirect, TopFlight Technologies, Callahan Construction, and L&L Trucking for generously sponsoring the trip, and defraying costs for the students and their families.

Members of the Malden School Committee with (far left) Dr. Long Phan of Top Flight Technologies, (front row from left) Sam Minh Le of HeliDirect, Robotics Team Member Fabiano Marques Junior, Mayor Christenson, Robotics Team Member Daniel Augustin, Team Advisor Chris Bazzinotti, Superintendent John Oteri, (and far right) Phil Dinan of Callahan Construction and Team Advisor Brian Morrison (second from right)

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Photos by City of Malden