Switzer Robotics team honored for innovation
Switzer Robotics team honored for innovation
Posted on 01/17/2018
Students posing in front of bannerA UCS Lego Robotics team has been honored statement for innovation in a problem that is built on creativity and problem solving. 

The Tuxedo Purrito's from Switzer Elementary received a first place trophy for Innovative Solution at the Michigan FIRST Lego League Championship held at Bloomfield Hills High School.

The 10-member team team participated in the state championship after qualifying at the regional competition, Thunderquest, held at Henry Ford II High School. 

First Lego League aims to give tomorrow's innovators practice in imaginative thinking and teamwork by researching a real world problem and proposing a solution. 

The teams also design, build, and program a robot that compete on a table top playing field using Lego Mindstorms technology. 

This year's theme was Hydro Dynamics and teams were challenged to research and provide a solution related to a real world water problem. 

Trophies are awarded for many categories including Mechanical Design, Programming, and Teamwork.  

The Tuxedo Purrito's were awarded the first place Innovative Solution award for creating Mr. Drop's Adventures, an interactive web based video game which provides the player with water facts and conservation strategies in order to educate young people and promote water conservation. 

They were also one of two teams at the competition invited to submit their innovative solution project to be considered for the FIRST Lego League Global Innovation Award where 20 teams from around the world present their solutions in Washington D.C.

Team members are Alex Cicotte, Sophia Domanski, Anderson Edgar, Jake Edgar, Trevor Fife, Mirabelle Greig, Carlos Ortiz, Natalie Palus, Emmaline Rizek
 and Ethan Weichert. They are coached by Kirk Weichert, Christy Weichert and Julie Rizek

The team's video game is available at this link: http://www.sploder.com/games/members/project0201/