The robotics team from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won two awards at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Midwest Regional Competition in April at the UIC Pavilion.
Team 2151, nicknamed the "Monty Pythons," won the "Engineering a Better Future" award after being nominated by Team 4645 (Whitney Young High School in Chicago) for the strong amount of community outreach that the PMSA team conducted during the season. The award included a $100 gift card to Andymark.com to buy parts for next year’s competition. The Monty Pythons also won the "Best Pit Design" award after being nominated by Team 2010 (The "Lightning Bots" of Champion (Ohio) High School) for the design and layout of the out crew where the team works on the robot when not competing.
With partners including Triton College, the 25-student team was tasked with building a robot that could compete on a team with two other schools’ robots, pass a large ball among themselves, and throw the ball through a truss that is five feet off the ground. 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."