For years The Country School’s robotics team has competed in the FIRST Lego League competition. An experienced and award-winning team, the senior members of the team, the Archimedes Aces, have been working together since 5th Grade, many helping throughout their Middle School years, mentoring the developmental robotics team and assisting at summer robotics camps. This year the inventive team engineered a bicycle that stores energy for future use.
The Aces began preparing for this year’s regional competition as soon as the academic year began. As with all teams participating in the FLL Competition, the Archimedes Aces were required to find a problem that relates to the FIRST Lego League’s theme of sustainable energy and devise a solution to the problem. Using the FLL instructions and materials, Country School’s Aces created a bicycle that collects three different types of energy to store into batteries that can be repurposed. Said Coach Stephanie Johnson, “Some really enjoyed tinkering and building out the bike, while others enjoyed the camaraderie of practices.”
After successfully presenting their energy-creating bicycle at the FLL Challenge Qualifier in November, they advanced to the State Competition in December where they proudly placed in the top 12 of some 400 teams from Connecticut. Even though the Aces didn’t emerge with a trophy this year, they were still “winners” as they brought Country School’s mission to life: demonstrating their creativity and intellectual curiosity, acting as leaders, and serving the common good.
From First Lego League: From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During our 2022-2023 robotics season, FIRST ENERGIZE℠ presented by Qualcomm, FIRST teams across our programs will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward. To empower young people to be leaders and innovators, this year’s energy theme addresses global challenges related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #7 -- focused on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.