The Middle School Robotics Club and Upper School Robotics Team from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, accompanied by Mrs. Jafri, participated in the Botball Tournament in Rahway on Saturday May 12. Although this is the sixth year that our Middle School competed, it was the first year for Upper School. During the year, teams built autonomous robots using Lego components and metal parts. New team members learned how to code in C language, while returning members took their code to a higher level with variables, functions and Boolean logic.  

“The tournament was a lot of fun! I feel that every year that I participate in the robotics journey, I grow as a captain, a leader, and a programmer. A lot of valuable lessons were learned, like time management, communication, and ways to solve problems," Shiv Tickoo '22 of Scotch Plains said.

In the run up to the tournament teams collaborated on documentation detailing their project plan, mechanical design, code analysis and lessons learned.  Both teams earned perfect scores on these documents. During the tournament teams contended in seeding rounds then double elimination challenges against 23 teams. 

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“The competition is really enjoyable and a great bonding experience. This year, we did really well, scoring over 20 points each round,” Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield said.

After a long day of head to head challenges, our team’s dedication and cooperation paid off. The W+H Middle School team placed a respectable eighth place and the Upper School team placed 12th, a good start for a first-time team!

Middle School team members: Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield and Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains (captains), Robin Zhong of Edison, Nate Valcourt of South Plainfield, Feisal Kiiru of Edison, Naischa Puri of Edison, David Flateau-Jones of Scotch Plains, Andrew Kojima of Woodbridge, Charlie Silver of Rahway, Naomi Valcourt of South Plainfield, Joanne Ding of Iselin and Kayla Martel of Winfield Park.

Upper School team members: Mark Zhang of Edison and John Papetti III of Elizabeth (captains), Steven Li, Mike He and George Zhong of Edison, Rihan Sajid of Carteret, Alex Caiola of Westfield and Armaan Kapoor of Millburn.