Montclair Cooperative School’s Robotics team – The Co-Bots – had a fantastic competition at the First Lego League qualifying tournament and will go on to represent the Montclair Society of Engineers Qualifying Tournament at the upcoming NJ State Tournament on December 10th.
The Co-Bots team worked very hard before and during the competition. The team’s robot (named Co-Bob) placed 5th out of 42 teams resulting in a Robot Performance award. The team also had top scores in Robot Design, Core Values, and Project categories and were named Champion’s Award recipients – the top honor at the competition they shared with one other school. The two team mentors, James Lukenda and Ella Parker (both Co-op alumni) were also key contributors and received mentor awards at the closing ceremony.
There are teams who excel but there are also teams who dominate. We were all impressed with their clever design and efficient strategy. This team Co-llected, Co-operated, and Co-mmunicated better than any other team [we] saw today.
- Judges Remarks from the Qualifying Tournament
Co-op parents and team coaches David Aristizabal and Jose Del Rosario were also instrumental in providing guidance and direction.
The team really persevered and succeeded – particularly to see their happiness when they achieved a difficult mission (that very few teams even attempted) made it all worthwhile for me.
- Dawne Weaver, Robotics Team Coordinator
Team members are Mert Erden and Jules Max (8th), Julie Del Rosario and Alp Uygur (7th), and Dylan Pearson, Elliot Albright, and Madeline Sommers (6th).
Way to go Co-Bots!