Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2019
PROJECTS REQUIRED CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO SPACE TRAVEL PROBLEMS
The Morris County Freeholders welcomed a group of bright young students from Parsippany and Montville Wednesday night to congratulate them for their accomplishments in the 2018 First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition.
These youngsters, who attend six different schools in Parsippany and Montville, participated in the STEM-based, science and technology competition that introduces young people to science and technology in a competitive atmosphere. The basis of FLL is a robotics tournament in a cheerful atmosphere where kids solve missions with the help of a robot built using Lego Technic and EV3 software.
This year’s theme was “In to Orbit,” focusing on creating an innovative solution to solve a problem related to long distance space travel. The teams designed, built and programmed an autonomous robot to compete in the “Robot Game,” which compromised many missions related to space travel.
“We congratulate these young people on their skills in science and technology,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Heather Darling. We are proud of your persistence and creativity in solving these missions in the robotics competitions and your success in the tournament.”
Darling is a Freeholder Board liaison to County College of Morris and the Morris County School of Technology, which collaborate on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs at the college.
The two teams, the Robo-Rockets and Hyper Circuits, were among several teams from Morris County competing in the 400-team state competition; 80 teams advanced to the championship round. Take a look at the competition and the Freeholder Board’s awards event.
The all-girls Robo-Rockets Team, in the state competition, won First Place for Robot Mechanical Design and placed 13th out of 80 teams overall in the robot competition. In the qualifying round at Mount Olive High School, the girls won First Place in Project Research that required them to design a solution to build a space station at a Lagrange Point in space to mine asteroids for fuel and water.
Members of the all-girls Robo Rockets – Team 34957
Anisha Mulinti – Valley View Elementary School, Montville
Anika Parasher – Robert Lazar Middle School, Montville
Anika Bijala – Robert Lazar Middle School, Montville
Aashna Rudravajhala – Valley View School, Montville
Sreenidhi Narisetti – Hilldale Elementary School, Montville
Sara Deodhar – Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Parsippany
Coaches: Chandhra Mulinti of Montville and Milind Deodhar of Parsippany
The all-boys Hyper Circuits Team placed Third Overall in the robot competition. In the qualifying round at Sparta Middle School, the boys won First Place in Robot Design that focused on creating a solution to help astronauts sustain life on Mars.
Members of the all-boys Hyper Circuits – Team 31773
Tanish Jawadekar – Robert Lazar Middle School, Montville
Sam Bhat – Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany
Ronak Patel – Central Middle School, Parsippany
Aarav Mulinti – Robert Lazar Middle School, Montville
Kavin Sawant – Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany
Apurva Parasher – Robert Lazar Middle School, Montville
Aarjun Bodade – Central Middle School, Parsippany
Coaches: Chandhra Mulinti of Montville and Sachin Sawant of Parsippany