Oneida to national robotics competition

In the News: Daily Gazette (05/15/18): Oneida MS sends teams to national robotics competition
Posted on 05/15/2018
Photo of Robotics Team Practicing for National Competition

Standing at the edge of the Schenectady High School pool Monday, eighth-graders Jackson Taylor and Isabella Gabriele raced through an underwater obstacle course.

Each Oneida Middle School student clutched a remote control, pushing levers forward and backward and pressing buttons to make their underwater robots rise and sink through a series of hoops.

They started head-to-head, but Isabella’s robot quickly whizzed into the lead. She maneuvered her bot with ease, as her partner, Tasnim Chowdhury, also in eighth grade, took special care of the slack from the robot’s power cord. If the cord got tangled, that would be a major setback. The team clocked in at just over one minute – a best for them and a winning time, if they can maintain that speed.

“I’m used to controlling -- a lot of controlling,” Isabella said as she practiced another underwater event, referring to her video game experience. A few minutes later, practicing on his own, Jackson made it through the obstacle course in under a minute.       Click here 

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