A group of young upstart gadget builders from Marine Park have worked their way into the national spotlight. On April 23rd, Marine Park Robotics of I.S. 278 won the U.S. Navy-sponsored SeaPerch underwater robotics competition at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center.
The team consists of 7th and 8th grade students (Andrew Grechko, John Mosca, Matthew Rosenhaus, Julianne Braunstein, Amanda Beckman and Mia Calafiore) highly dedicated to science and robotics. Speaking at the Marine Park Civic Association meeting on April 26th, Coach Bruce Gamsey said the kids come in at 7:15 every morning before school to build their award-winning machines. The team had to design and build an underwater robot, build their motors and wire their control box to be able to complete two different underwater obstacle courses. Additionally, they had to develop a research presentation for the judges.
Their hard work is apparently paying off. The team, which has only been in existence for two years, won the Lego League Brooklyn Tournament earlier this year, and after winning the SeaPerch Regional contest in Queens, the team is headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the national championships.
With the date of the Baton Rouge contest fast approaching on May 21st, the team has set up a GoFundMe page, where individuals can donate towards the cost of their trip. They are trying to raise $6,500 for airfare and room and board for the students and their teacher. To contribute, visitwww.gofundme.com/24nsbpe4.