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Kane wins bronze in robot car competition

February 27, 2012

Photo by Ted Lutz This team from the Kane Middle School took third place in a recent robot car competition at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

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 ½ 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 “enrichment” teacher for the school district.
“Part of the build was to use a variety of sensors—sound, touch light—and have these sensors operate correctly,” Fryzlewicz said in describing the construction of the robot car. “The 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.”
He said “the Kane car was the only car to do this eight times in a row.”
“Our design was extremely effective and was noticed and imitated by several other teams,” Fryzlewicz said. He said the winning car “made modifications that were exactly the same as ours prior to the last heat of races.”
“We lost twice to the champion because their car was slightly faster and finished several inches before ours,” 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 “control of sensitivity.”
“Our students did awesome and I am extremely proud of their accomplishment,” Fryzlewicz said.
Galicia said she enjoyed the competition because “I like technology and I like building robots.” She said she hopes to “become a robotic engineer.”
See full article by purchasing the Feb. 27 edition of The Kane Republican.

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