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Robotics Team Honored by School Board

The Slade Middle School Robotics Team were among those honored during Monday nights Board of Education meeting for their robot “Bugsy”.

Jeff Bouchard, tech ed teacher at Slade, said that he felt privileged to work with talented students at Slade.

“Over the years, we have been really consistent in excelling at STEM activities,” said Bouchard. “The kids are awesome.”

He emphasized the importance of parent involvement.

The team was called “Strictly Robots” with Captains Ashley Amaro and Sylvana Gonzalez. Amanda Cammuso was the top driver.

Slade finished fourth place in robot performance out of 17 schools. Slade won first place with its engineering notebook. It was a 60 page document. They also won first place with its marketing presentation which included an oral presentation. Slade won second place for School Spirit and Sportsmanship.

“I honestly think they should have won first place,” said Bouchard. “They were electric.”

Gonzalez told the crowd the basis of the robot was to pretend as though genetically engineered bugs had escaped from a lab and could be catastrophic for the environment. A robot was needed to recover the bugs.

The competition was done through Best Robotics.

“Since I have done robotics, and I have done it since 7th grade, it has increased my grades a lot,” said Amaro. “Even though it is robotics and you think the teachers do it, it is nothing like that at all.”

Students did math and science that they can use at home.

Also honored were Robotics Teams from Pulaski Middle School and New Britain High School.