Saint Margaret Robotics Club
Regional Tournament Overall Champion Winner
Qualifies for State Tournament Feb. 24 at UMBC
Two of our SMS Robotics Club teams competed in the January 13 FIRST LEGO League Regional tournament with great success. Under the dedicated leadership of coaches Jim Snyder and Kathy Mullin, mentor Frank Gostomski, and faculty mentor Mrs. Messenger, our Middle School teams competed in four areas:
● Design of a LEGO Mindstorms robot, and design of programs for the robot, to accomplish a series of predefined tasks.
● The “Robot Game”, actual performance of the robot in performing as many of the tasks as possible within a 2.5 minute period. This is a high energy spectator sport in which several teams compete simultaneously on adjacent 4’x8’ fields, often with highly diverse approaches in building and programming the robot.
● A project consisting of identifying an original problem, conducting research, creating a solution, and communicating their ideas with the community. This year the projects needed to address improving the human water cycle.
● Core Values, including teamwork, discovery, friendly competition, gracious professionalism and enthusiasm
Team “FlexSeel”, led by three veteran eighth graders, won the coveted Champions Award indicating best overall performance and will now compete in the Maryland State Competition at UMBC against more than seventy other teams in an effort to qualify for the world competition. This team was consistently strong and balanced, scoring very high in all four categories. While SMS teams in past years have performed well and even won awards, this is the first time we have had a team win the Champions Award and get invited to the state competition.
Team “M.O.P.S.”(Masters of Purification Systems) also performed well in each category and earned the prestigious Core Values Award, which speaks directly to our Catholic Values. One new parent to our school shared admiration for the way this team went above and beyond to encourage, support, and inspire other teams at the competition.
In addition to our Middle School Robotics Teams, we have two enthusiastic non-competitive teams at the elementary school for fourth and fifth graders, many of whom came to the tournament to cheer on their schoolmates.
To celebrate our teams’ success, Mrs. Hobik generously agreed to allow teams to wear our newly designed Robotics Club shirts to school.
MS Coaches, Mentor, and Faculty Mentor: Jim Snyder, Kathy Mullin, Frank Gostomski (EPA, retired), and Mrs. Messenger
FlexSeel Team: Stephen Snyder, Nathan Gostomski, Alex Mullin, Ryan Mullin, Aidan Folmer, Jack Kappus, Josh Kopp
M.O.P.S. (Masters of Purification Systems) Team: Joseph Baranoski, Andrew Hill, Noah LaChapelle, Kate Wiley, Kristin Kocur
ES Coaches and Faculty Mentor: David Richie, Heather Konschak, Steve Christesen, Mary Southard, Tom Hart, and Mrs. Christesen
ES Tuesday Robotics: Jake Barresi, Kevin Delp, Paige Gostomski, Ilyia Huddleston, Jack LaChapelle, Nick Mannion, Isabelle Nojadera, Emily Southard, and Michael Southard.
ES Thursday Robotics: Auge Cisar, Michael Kail, Madison Kalb, Mason Kalb, Arthur Konschak, Emily Ovelman, Matthew Richie, Kaitlyn Seibel, Christopher Snyder, and Kaitlyn Snyder.