A three-student team from the Kane Middle School has captured third place in robot car competition at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
The team includes Galicia Fryzlewicz, an eighth-grader; her brother, Gunnar Fryzlewicz, a sixth-grader; and Patrick Moore, an eighth-grader.
Each received a bronze medal. The school received a trophy. Kane competed against 10 other schools, mainly from the Pittsburgh area.
The robot car competition earlier this month was part of Engineering Week activities at the Carnegie Science Center.
The school teams in the contest had 2 Â˝ hours to design, build and program a battery-powered robot car from a LEGO kit. The cars then competed in races.
Kane Middle School Principal Jim Fryzlewicz, the father of two of the team members, accompanied the students to the Science Center along with Mary Filjones, the âenrichmentâ teacher for the school district.
âPart of the build was to use a variety of sensorsâsound, touch lightâand have these sensors operate correctly,â Fryzlewicz said in describing the construction of the robot car. âThe car had to be programmed for speed and sensitivity and move along a winding track at 10 feet in each direction. The car had to hit a target and then move back to the starting line.â
He said âthe Kane car was the only car to do this eight times in a row.â
âOur design was extremely effective and was noticed and imitated by several other teams,â Fryzlewicz said. He said the winning car âmade modifications that were exactly the same as ours prior to the last heat of races.â
âWe lost twice to the champion because their car was slightly faster and finished several inches before ours,â Fryzlewicz said in discussing the competition. He said the Kane team decided not to re-program its car for a faster speed for fear of losing âcontrol of sensitivity.â
âOur students did awesome and I am extremely proud of their accomplishment,â Fryzlewicz said.
Galicia said she enjoyed the competition because âI like technology and I like building robots.â She said she hopes to âbecome a robotic engineer.â
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