WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

Spotlight on Student Life

Academy places among top finishers at robotics tournament

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science/Worcester Polytechnic Institute team placed seventh out of 47 high school teams from throughout the country at the U.S. FIRST New England Robotics Tournament on March 30 in Manchester, N.H. A team from Nashua High School took first place.

In mid-April, the team took their robot, "The Phoenix," to Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, to compete with 90 other teams for the national championships. In that competition, the Mass. Academy/WPI team took two first-place and two second-plac e positions and were seeded 15th out of 74 entrants but were defeated in the third round.

The U.S. FIRST competition is a national tournament that pits remote-controlled robots against each other in double-elimination matches. The high school teams, sponsored by companies and colleges, build the robots during a seven-week period from a standar d kit of parts provided by U.S. FIRST.

This year's team was composed of Mass. Academy juniors Amy Lane from Marlborough High School, Ted Lin from Westborough High School, Barry Posterro from Grafton Memorial High School, Andrew Ross from Doherty High School, and Morgan Royce-Tolland from Frami ngham High School and senior Jason Sardell from Tahanto Regional High School. Pauline Lamarche, who teaches computer science at the academy, served as the team's advisor, engineer John Corbin assisted with construction of the robot, and WPI graduate stude nt Greg Shearman helped with strategy and advising.

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