The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy "Monty Pythons" robotics team recently competed at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Midwest Regional Competition at the UIC Pavilion.
With partners including Triton College, the team was tasked with building a robot that could compete with two other schools’ robots and score points by stacking totes on platforms. They then had to cap the stacks with recycling containers and properly dispose of pool noodles that represented litter.
Though they had some assistance from parents, other volunteers, and PMSA science teachers, Mr. John Wardisiani and Ms. Kim Demitro, the students were responsible for the design, construction, and programming of the robot in six weeks in January and February. Dividing themselves into departments that focused on those different tasks and using math, engineering and design skills, the students worked together to build a machine that would perform the pre-assigned series of tasks. These tasks included building on what previous years’ teams had done.
"Our students did an outstanding job of building their robot from ground zero," said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. "This is a prime example of the commitment of our future engineers and scientists who gain exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers at PMSA. We absolutely support their love for science and innovation and congratulate them on being student leaders in this field."
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for photos of the team in action.
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for a video of one of the Monty Pythons’ heats.
Several photos and video provided by Antigone Sharris, an engineering instructor at Triton College and an adviser to the PMSA Monty Pythons.