Dual Language Robotics Teams Win Big at Regional Competition

Dual Language Robotics Teams Win Big at Regional Competition
Posted on 11/15/2017

The Dual Language & Arts Middle Magnet School (DLAMMS) continues to excel in robotics, with two teams capturing awards during a regional competition of the First Lego League held on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Two DLAMMS teams – the Aqua Knights and the Water Benders – advanced to the state championship following the results of the regional tournament held at Lyme/Old Lyme High School. The Aqua Knights won the Champions’ Award as the best team at the competition. The Water Benders were awarded Best Robot Design. DLAMMS third team, the Brain Waves, also performed well.

The Aqua Knights and Water Benders won “golden tickets” to represent DLAMMS at the upcoming Connecticut FIRST Lego League Championship, to be held at Shelton High School on Saturday, Dec. 2. The winners at that competition will go on to Nationals in Detroit, Michigan in April.

The teams’ advancement marks another milestone for the DLAMMS Robotics Teams, which meets after school and give students the chance to design, program, and operate their own robots, built using Lego Mindstorms kits. Last year, DLAMMS’ Dark Knights finished third in the statewide competition and Coach Fini McGlinchey won the Coach’s Award.

This year’s theme is Hydrodynamics, the science of fluid mechanics. After doing experiments to learn about hydrodynamics, the students were charged by FIRST to improve the way humans find, transport, use or dispose of water. Aqua Knights designed a robot that finds leaks in water mains. Water Benders developed an efficient oscillating wave surge converter design. Brain Waves researched where Earth’s signature water can be found in our solar system and developed a feasible plan for bringing it back to Earth. All three plans were presented to engineers and experts who advised them along the way.  In December, the team members get to see how their designs compare to other teams’ in the state.

“This year’s teams have worked incredibly hard, and their robots and projects are more sophisticated than ever before,” Principal Christina Chamberlain said. “They have a real shot at taking the state title next month. We are so proud of them.”