All Saints Academy Wins Robotics Competition
The following was provided by All Saints Academy
On Saturday, the All Saints Academy Robotics Team, the reigning State Champions, competed in the FIRST Lego League qualifier.
This tournament was one of three Rhode Island qualifiers determining who will earn slots to participate in the State Championship on Jan. 12 at Rogers Williams University.
Once again, the seven member team from All Saints Academy won the Champions Award at this event held by RI First Lego League at St. Mary’s Bayview Academy. They competed against 19 teams. Two other teams from Aquidneck Island performed well. Gaudet Middle School advanced to the state final and St. Philomena's won the Research Project Award.
Students: Alex Pratt, Xavier Lora, Regan McEnroe, Caleb Kennedy (front row) and Daniel Pantini, Alden Pratt, Charlie Silveria (back row) dressed in royal blue coveralls to promote the automotive device they created for the research component of the competition.
This year’s theme is Senior Solutions.
The ASA team has devised "Xcelerite", a chalk-sized widget that senses unusual pressure applied to a car’s accelerator. The objective of the device is to stop a car from accelerating if the gas pedal is accidentally used instead of the break, a frequent cause of motor vehicle accidents among seniors.
Winners of the Champions Award must excel in all three area of the competition, core values, research, robot design and competition.
The team was cheered on by Maddox Lora and Kiera McEnroe.
All Saints Academy won the State Champions award last January and this honor sent them to Florida for the World Invitational. They finished in the top 10 in a field of 66.