Robo KOARS advances to final round in First Lego League regional championship


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  • Provided photo Team Robo KOARS: Shreya Girish, left, Khushi Girish, Rohan Sonakya, Aman Shetty and Om Naik with Coach Vikas Sonakya.



POUGHKEEPSIE — The Robo KOARS team - comprised of students from the Monroe-Woodbury School District - is one of six teams that will advance to final competition at the First Lego League Regional Championship at Dutchess Community College on Feb. 25.

"All the hard work and extra hours of practice paid off and they increased their score for the challenges from the last competition," said Jodi Baker, coordinating leader for the Tardigrade 4-H Robotics Club and president of the Monroe-Woodbury Parents Advocating Gifted Education (PAGE) president. "They also did well with their project presentations which put them in the top six to advance to the finals."

Although they were seventh place in the robotic challenge, scoring their presentations helped them stand out among the other teams. It is the combined scores of the robotic challenge project presentation, robot design and core values that determine who will advance to the next round.

The theme of the challenge this year is Animal Allies and Robo KOARS' project and presentation was designed to bring awareness to how animals relive stress.

"This takes people working together to make the opportunities available for kids in our community, said Baker. "The First Lego League organization continues to grow in the Hudson Valley. This is not possible with the continued support of the volunteers."

The team has two weeks to prepare for the next round of competition, Baker added, noting the team has improved its programming skills in the last few weeks and have ideas to improve the robot for the next challenge.

To learn more about their project, visit: robokoars.wixsite.com/pets

- Nancy Kriz

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