Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 19, 2013

Student headed to state robotics meet

Sixth-grader Joshua Kazmer of Andover and his Nature’s Fury Cougars robotics team at Austin Preparatory Middle School in Reading advanced to the Massachusetts State First Lego League Robotics Championship this weekend after a successful showing in the qualifier round Saturday, Dec. 14, in Melrose.

In addition to earning a trip to the states, the Austin Prep team won the Presentation Project Award, which recognizes the team that effectively communicates the problem it has identified and proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters.

This year’s FLL competition theme is “Nature’s Fury” about handling natural disasters in local communities. For the competition, the Austin Prep team designed and built a robot that was programmed to autonomously execute multiple timed tasks. Additionally, the team researched, developed and presented a concept to “get the word out” about Reading’s Community Alert System, which sends alerts via cellphone. The team’s solution includes a public service announcement video, a comic strip and a flier displayed around town.

Joining Kazmer on the Nature’s Fury Cougars team are sixth-graders Matthew Fish and Charlie Burnham and seventh-grader Marie Mellor.

The states will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at WPI in Worcester.

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