robotics

Rookie all-girls robotics team put Frank Sobotra to the test

Frank Sabotra, the robot built by Ursuline Academy students (6391), competed under the remote direction of, from left, Libby Trn, Amanda Kohne and Elizabeth Edmunds. The Ursuline Academy Bearbotics team battled other robots in the competition venue and was recognized earlier as a “Chairman’s Award team in the making.”

The students and their coach yelled and leaped for joy when Frank Sabotra climbed a rope and turned on a light just before a buzzer sounded.

The rewards of mentoring

Bishop DuBourg High School students Fabian Sanchez, left, and Zion Reece, right, moved their team robot for a match at the FIRST Robotics Competition St. Louis Regional. DuBourg robotics club member Jacob Lucas is at the back, left.

Team mentor Marybeth Krull couldn't contain her enthusiasm on the floor at Chaifetz Arena after Bishop DuBourg's match in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC, for short) St. Louis Regional.

"Yeah, that's it!" she said as she high-fived Zion Reece.

"Awesome!" she congratulated Fabian Sanchez.

She repeated the exhortation to Jonathan Williams, then used it often after the trio fetched their robot from the battle arena and carted it back to Bishop DuBourg's pit area.

"This is my first time here," confided the DuBourg learning consultant, so, of course, everything was awesome.

SLUH brings robotics to middle-school students

Trinity Stensaker, a student at St. James the Greater School, worked on building her robot. The sixth- and seventh-grade students are learning about robotics by using a Lego system and a robot called Mindstorm EV3 with help from St. Louis University High School students as part of the Clavius Project.

The robot-on-wheels the size of a romote-control car chugged forward, but stopped just before the wall and failed to turn. Sixth-graders Taleah Dilworth and Trinity Stensaker had a brief look of disappointment before quickly reaching down, picking up the robot and getting back to work on it.

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