The Pink Robots, a neighborhood team of ten middle school girls from Montclair, bested 24 competing teams to win the Championship Award at the 2010 NJ First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Event on Saturday, November 20, at Montclair High School.
The Pink Robots were a unanimous selection by the judges for the top prize. They will go on to compete at the New Jersey FLL State Tournament in Mount Olive on Saturday, December 11.
The FLL Qualifying competition had a two-part robotics challenge: design and program a Lego autonomous robot to complete specific missions for points and create an original research presentation in keeping with this year’s theme–Biomedical Engineering. The Pink Robots researched and developed a prototype for a portable kidney dialysis machine that can be transported in a backpack to increase mobility and quality of life for young people that require dialysis. The girls created a website about their research here.
“It’s important for girls to be involved in science and technology in a supportive setting.”, says David Rosenthal, coach of The Pink Robots. “The First Lego League represents a great opportunity for students to work on science and technology challenges in a fun, interesting and exciting team oriented environment.”
The Pink Robot team members, all middle schoolers from Montclair are 8th graders: Jocelyn Rosenthal, Danique Van Winden, Mary Traylor, Elena Gottesman, Nina Alvarez-Silverman, Claire Schmidt, and 7th graders: Melissa Rosenthal, Hallie Meisler, Cate Heisler and 6th grader Juliet Traylor. The team coaches, David Rosenthal, who works for Health Care Compliance Strategies, a healthcare compliance training company; and, Brett Traylor, whose marketing and design company, Thinkso, sponsored the team. Credit for the win also goes to Loren Sherman, a Montclair High School robotics team member who mentored the team
“The hard work and respect the girls have for each other showed up in the unanimous selection by the judges for the top prize,” says Mr. Rosenthal. “It was a great accomplishment for this novice team.”