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Robotics Students Excel in Competitions

Teams of robotics students from schools in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned top awards in recent competitions.

During a contest at Long Beach City College, students from LBUSD’s California Academy of Mathematics and Science earned a first place award for their remotely operated vehicle, or ROV.

Several teams from other local schools earned honors in the ROV competition.  Hamilton earned a second place award, and Lindsey took third.  Robinson and Marshall also competed in the event, which is part of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District.  The grant provides teacher training and aims to help students develop an interest in the marine industry, especially students in the middle grades.

Participating students designed underwater robots and competed in timed events at the LBCC contest, which was part of the Marine Advanced Technology Center International ROV Competition, featuring teams from public and private middle schools, high schools and colleges.

Hamilton Middle School also took first place in a robotics competition held recently at CAMS.  Among the winners at Hamilton were several English Language Development students, who researched and developed their robot in less than eight weeks.  Hamilton teachers Racquel Welch-Kitchen and Ethan George worked with the winning students.

“I’m particularly proud of our ROV team,” Hamilton Principal David Downing said. “This team prepared for competition against groups with greater experience and was victorious.  We celebrated with both of our robotics teams throughout the week.”