The Palmer Trinity School robotics team, the Palmer Trinibots, competed at the ACSP Middle School Qualifier, hosted by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The Palmer Trinibots won the Robot Skills Champion Award and Excellence Award, qualifying them for the State/Regional Championship and CREATE U.S. Open. As a result, the team is currently ranked the No. 1 robotics middle school team in Florida, No. 11 in the United States and No. 20 in the world out of more than 1,800 middle schools that participated.
The team created a STEM Research project focusing on the design and construction of a medical assistant robot and the ethical dilemmas engineering it might create. They also prepared an engineering notebook chronicling their design, build, and testing processes.
Sixth grade student Daniela de Rosal and seventh-grader Jack Sulkes presented the project and then moved on to the skills events to drive and run their autonomous programs. Seventh grade student Ben Arnold was the lead programmer for the autonomous portion of the competition.
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