Local robotics team qualifies for national competition

By: Maria Allard, Nico Rubello | C&G Newspapers | Published April 18, 2013

 The International Academy of Macomb’s robotics team won the Rookie All-Star award at a recent state competition and became eligible for the national competition.

The International Academy of Macomb’s robotics team won the Rookie All-Star award at a recent state competition and became eligible for the national competition.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Students from the International Academy of Macomb’s robotics team are traveling to a national robotics competition after a standout performance at the state level.

The IAM’s competitive robotics team, named I AM Robot, won an award for being the best new team entered into the competition in all of Michigan. For earning the Michigan Rookie All-Star Award April 13 at Eastern Michigan University, the team became eligible to compete in the FIRST Robotics national championship on April 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo. I AM Robot includes 13 high-schoolers from IAM.

In FIRST Robotics, teams of high school students get six weeks to build a robot to compete against other robots. This year’s project required teams to build robots that can climb and shoot discs into elevated goals.

IAM Principal Eric Sturm said that the process of building a functioning robot was very challenging. Sturm noted the effort by the team members, their parents, teacher Janice Zryd and business partners, Triple Tool in Sterling Heights, The State Group in Macomb Township and JC Penney.

IAM is a public high school for international baccalaureate students from school districts around Macomb County. The academy is located on the Chippewa Valley High School campus, near 19 Mile and Romeo Plank roads in Clinton Township.

The team members are from South Lake, Warren Woods, Fraser, Warren Mott, L’Anse Creuse North, Romeo and Chippewa Valley high schools.

Members of the International Academy of Macomb “I AM Robot” team are Mateo Segura, Justin Parus, Andrew Hoffer, Adam O’Donnell, Brendan Watson, Nathaniel Mei, Ryan Holland, Liz Wendell, Oana Vesa, Lukas Mitrak, Trevor Gross and Stefan Savoy.

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