Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle School Robotics Team Wins Tournament

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Members of the Middle School Robotics Club proudly display their championship banner and trophy. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Members of the Middle School Robotics Club proudly display their championship banner and trophy. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School Middle School Robotics Club won first place in an alliance match at the Botball Tournament at Rahway Academy on May 11.

Students built autonomous robots and programmed them using C language. After a day of wheel changes, program modifications and close ties, the rookie team was overjoyed to take first place during alliance matches in collaboration with the Peddie School. The team had worked hard in the run up to the tournament submitting documentation every two weeks.

Students accompanying club advisor Noreen Jafri and senior intern Brianna Gutierrez of Metuchen were Rohan Arvindh of Woodbridge, Miles Green of North Plainfield, Sarah Hoffman Cranford, Dylan Maier of Rahway, Jake Payami of Scotch Plains, Simu Singh of Piscataway, Ellena Son of Woodbridge and Rishi Yasa of Edison.

“The Botball competition was a great experience for me. The competition taught me how to think quickly on my feet when a conflict occurred. It also taught me how to work cooperatively with all of my teammates and our different ideas and views for the robot. Although we were competing against high-schoolers that had much more experience, none of us were intimidated and stayed on task without hesitation during the competition,” Ellena said.

“Botball was an amazing experience because it showed how we worked under pure pressure, and, when everything went down in flames. We were like phoenixes rising from the ashes and overcoming any challenge,” Jake said.

“When something broke we immediately fixed it and put the charging cable in it. I had lots of fun. Even though it was our first time we won two tiebreakers. It was a long and tiresome day but it was our first time and we made it so far,” Rishi added.


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