This past weekend two teams from The Gillispie School’s Robotic Program competed in the qualifying round of the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition at the prestigious Preuss School in La Jolla. This was a very special and distinguishable honor for both teams that competed. FIRST LEGO, which stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’, was founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen. This is the second year that the Gillispie School has competed as part of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program.
Gillispie’s two teams, G6 and Team Stitem, competed against 22 other local teams. Encouraged to focus on real world problems, teams are challenged to think about how they can make a change. Team Stitem did well enough to place 10th in the Robotic Performance category, making them alternatives to move on to the regionals which will be held at Legoland. Their robot was designed with earthquakes in mind. Wanting to address broken glass and the unconsidered danger of bare feet, they designed “Cut-No-More”, which deploys a pair of shoes from underneath beds.
Gillispie’s other team, G6, wanted to focus on tsunamis. After researching with Professor John Orcutt at the Scripps Institute of Oceanopgraphy, G6 learned about the different signs of tsunamis and the hazardous dangers they bring. The team designed a smart phone app that focuses on warning signs, practices to avoid tsunamis, and won first place in the Robot Design category
To learn more information about The Gillispie School and their robotics program, visit Gillispie.org.