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Local Jr. Beta Robotics Team Places 2nd at Nationals!

Local Jr. Beta Robotics Team Places 2nd at Nationals!

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 4:21 PM

Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy Jr Beta Robotics Team placed 2nd in Nationals for a pretty amazing robot invention! 

A Message from the Team's Coach:

Our school, Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy, chartered the elementary Jr. Beta club during the 2020 - 2021 school year.

The National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. And for more than 80 years, it has prepared today's students to be tomorrow's leaders. (betaclub.org)

The Mission Statement for Jr. Beta is to "promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. (betaclub.org)

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA, complete 20 service hours and have no discipline problems. At the State and National level, students can compete in many different academic and service areas. This year the state convention was virtual due to covid. We had several teams compete virtually and were able to move onto Nationals. For a first year club, this is outstanding!

Reed Duhon - 4th grade Math Academics
Emma Ross - 5th grade Social Studies Academics
Cullen Verrett - Recyclable Art
Madelyn Borne - Performing Arts Solo

The Robotics team automatically moved to Nationals. The team met afterschool once a week from January to May to work on the robot by following the rubric given, with the 3 words, Initiate, Inspect, and Increase. Their robot could complete any task as long as you can incorporate these 3 words. As a team, they decided to have a robot that would pick up trash or debris, without human help and bring it to a designated area. As our area, especially Lake Charles, was affected by the hurricanes and flooding, this was real life applicable situation. The team started with an EV3 robot brick and built King Louie XXI, the trash hauler. The team programmed the robot to begin looking for the black trash piles, (initiate and inspect), once King Louie saw black, it would close it's claw, drive forward until it saw the red "drop off zone" (increasing trash picked up) It would then search for more black. In order to keep the robot within the area, they programmed it to always see blue and to back up and rotate, then continue the search for "trash"

Throughout the afterschool meetings the team would work together to work on the program, make structural changes when needed, problem solve and get the job done!

For the National Beta Convention, clubs from around the United States went to Orlando to show off all the hard work. Because they did not have to qualify for state this year in robotics, we were all a tad nervous not knowing what we were going up against! They represented our school and area very well! They may not have had all the bells and whistles and costumes, like other teams, but they had a functioning robot with complex programming that did the job they set out to do. They came in 2nd place out of 34 teams from around the United States!

Madelyn Borne also competed in the Performing Arts for our school. She represented our school by singing "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. And she went far! She had to compete virtually at the state level by sending in her performance piece. We were so excited to see she placed 5th in the state! Placing in the top 5 at state allows you to compete at the National Level. She worked with our Music/Band teacher, Mrs. Robin Hochkeppel and her daughter Andrea Hochkeppel on finding the perfect rendition for her voice. Her hard work paid off! She competed against many different types of performing arts solos, duets and trios ranging from dancing, vocals, and more! There were numerous virtual entries and 30 in person performances. She came in 6th place!

We are so proud of all our students for pushing through in such an unprecedented year. We can not wait to see what year 2 brings to our school club!

  

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