Two Austin Prep robotics teams competed at the national competition on May 20th at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations to the team Quad Pisces, consisting of Jenna Denker ’20, Joshua Kazmer ’20, Mitchell Paige ’20 and Khoa Le ’20 who came in 2nd place in the Obstacle Course. Team Quad Pisces had an excellent performance, just missing 1st place by four seconds (3rd place was more than a minute behind). The team also did extremely well in the Challenge Course coming in 4th place.
The team of Andrew Kazmer ’18 and Bryan Snow ’18 changed from the “high school stock class” to the “open class.” Being in the open class removed most of the building constraints, and allowed Andrew and Bryan to design and build a general purpose wireless underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle explorer with live video (very cool). Both teams made extensive improvements to their robots between their qualifying matches and the national competition, and spent hours practicing. Coach Michael Baccari ’03, Mathematics Faculty, and Coach Jim Kazmer P’18, P’20 said they are very proud of their efforts.
Sea Perch Nationals was attended by 188 teams from across the Unites States, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It was hosted by Georgia Tech and took place in the same aquatic center used in the 1996 Olympics. While in Atlanta, students stayed in the college dormitories, toured the Atlanta Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and juniors Bryan and Andrew made a college visit of Georgia Tech.
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