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East Islip High School Robotics Team Competes At VEX Over Under Game

Photo courtesy of East Islip School District

East Islip High School’s robotics team competed in the VEX Robotics Over Under game on Jan. 27, held at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore. The all-day event featured over 45 teams from around the Tri-State area. This year’s tournament was played on a 12×12 square field. Two alliances – composed of one “red” and one “blue” team each – competed in two-minute matches to attain a higher score.

East Islip team captains Kaitlyn McCall and Jishnu Roy Chowhuri led the squad to a sixth-place finish at the end of the qualification matches. Robot driver Matt Collins performed extremely well under the pressure and was 5-1 in competition play. The remaining robotics team members helped in the pit area all day, fine tuning and making last-minute adjustments to the robots. The team will next compete on Feb. 17 at Adelphi University.

“I enjoyed coming to the event,” sophomore Jackson Carucci said. “It really opened me up to friendly competition and I gained valuable experience about teamwork and robotic design.”

“We did really well with our new robots,” junior William Blaschuk said. “We faced a lot of challenges that will help us learn and improve upon for our next competition.”

“I was extremely proud of the team during this event,” technology teacher and robotics adviser James Connell said. “It’s a great opportunity for students in the robotics classes and club to get a real practical experience, and it helps them further expand their knowledge of competition robotics.”

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