CREC Academy of Science and Innovation Team Named 2018 U.S. Nationals Robotics Team Champions
(Hartford, Conn.) Seventeen talented high school students from the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation, New Britain, are the new 2018 U.S. Nationals Robotics Team Champions. The Ravens team was awarded the title at the 11th annual VEX Robotics World Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky, in late April. This is the first year the school qualified for this worldwide student competition by being in the top seven percent of all robotics teams. The event brought together 30,000 competitors, including 1,648 teams from 30 nations, for a weeklong celebration of STEM, diversity, and robotics. It also secured the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title of largest robot competition.
In addition, the Ravens’ robot finished 39th out of 20,000 robots worldwide in robot skills, which assessed programming, design, build, and control skills. This means their robot was better than 99.8 percent of all robots in the world.
Congratulations to team members:
Cameron Hicks, grade 12, East Hartford
Joe Schultz, grade 11, Vernon
Tre Baroncini, grade 11, Marlborough
Stefany Ferguson, grade 12, Manchester
Muhammad Afzaal, grade 12, Windsor
Aaron Paladino, grade 12, Manchester
Zack Koval, grade 11, Bristol
Tyler Scheinblum, grade 12, Manchester
Tyler Carr, grade 12, East Hartford
Christus Akrong, grade 11, New Britain
Radha Patel, grade 11, Meriden
Manna Matthew, grade 11, Glastonbury
Jared Kruger, grade 10, Bristol
Gramoz Ajeti, grade 11, New Britain
Austin Raymond Tricka, grade 12, New Britain
Hardhik Kumamaru, grade 11, Windsor Locks
Tyreke Martina, grade 12, Glastonbury
Earlier in April, the Ravens won the U.S. Nationals Robotics Open Division Competition in robot skills at an event held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during National Robotics Week. They also took home the U.S. Robotics Nationals "Think" award, presented to the team that demonstrates "impressive and effective autonomous programming." They bested challengers from 19 teams from China, as well as other high schools, colleges, and professional engineers.
“The team's robot stood out from a programming perspective and their tireless efforts really impressed the judges, players, and coaches, “said Dr. Robert Polselli, the team’s robotics coach and the school’s technology and engineering teacher. “We were also the first school in our region to qualify for the world championships in the last 10 years.”
The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.