Pingree Robotics was recently awarded a $4,000 grant from Analog Devices. AD is a strong supporter of scholastic robotics and makes grants available to schools where employees' children participate in robotics. Syam Veluri (parent of Pranav '19), works for AD and has been instrumental in helping the team prepare the application for the grant this year. This is the third year that Pingree has received such a grant from AD. In previous years, Tom and Eileen Kelly (parents of Peter and Max '17) helped guide the Robotics team through the application process.
In addition, Pingree has received support this year from eStem, a New Hampshire-based robotics parts and training materials distributor. eStem is headed by Michael Ogilvy (brother-in-law to our own Skip Lane), and been generous in lending Pingree some hard-to-find replacement parts for this season.
Now in its seventh year, Pingree Robotics program has qualified a robot to compete in the Vex World Championship held in Louisville, KY. The Vex Robotics Competition is the largest K-12 robotics competition in the world.
Robotics is an after-school activity conducted in both the fall and winter seasons. Students have the option of participating in either or both seasons. This year's participants include Pranav Veluri '19, Eli Larsen '19, Sofia Makowska '20, Arvind Pillai '20, Nikhil Gorur '21, Rick Li '21, Ashwin Ramanathan '21, Alex Rickards '21, Shakib Tidjani '21, James Cho '22, and Jay Goodman '22. The team is coached by David Medvitz and Alec Burt. Students work in groups of two or three, and are building four robots this year to compete in several local events with the hope of qualifying for Regionals in March, and for Worlds in April.
Students are working hard to prepare their robots for our upcoming winter competitions, January 12 in Worcester, January 26 in North Andover, and February 16 in Worcester. Robots that finish high enough in these competitions will qualify for southern New England regionals in March. Regionals will feature 80 robots from MA, CT and RI, all competing for just 15 tickets to the World Championship in April.
Update: January 14, 2019
We are very proud to announce that team 4716A (Rick Li, Shakib Tidjani, and Sofia Makowska) won the Excellence Award at their competition on January 12! This award carries with it an invitation to the southern New England Regional Championship in Worcester on March 2 and 3.