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Middle School Team Deemed Robotic Innovators

LEGO ROBOTICS WIN LEAVES THEM SMILING – Six 7th-grade students who are members of the Robotics’ Computer Tech Club at Pottsgrove Middle School, North Hanover Street, Pottstown, and teacher Deb MacIlvain (at top) were all smiles Saturday (Dec. 2, 2017) after taking first place for project innovation during the school’s first Lego Robotic Competition. Students Sydney Coxe, Dylan Batche, Madison Kern, Cecilia Burg, Lily Guerrette and Mailei Schechterly successfully showed judges their invention, which relied upon robotic actions helped to improve drinking water. School Principal Matt Boyer, in a Tuesday (Dec. 5) announcement of their win, said the “team looked at their daily life experience” to identify a need, and then researched and developed a solution. “They created a spray bottle with antiseptic solution that would be connected to a water fountain to sanitize the spigot before someone takes a drink,” Boyer explained. The students, under MacIlvain’s guidance, “worked really hard, not only during class but also after school and on days off,” he added. Judges loved the idea, which was supplemented with an iBook about their studies, interviews with water supply professionals, and project development. Pottsgrove competed against 22 teams in each of four categories; the others covered robot design, core values, and robot games.

Photo from Pottsgrove Middle School

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