EDISON, NJ - On Saturday, May 13, the Middle School Robotics Club from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, accompanied by Mrs. Jafri, participated in the Botball Tournament in Rahway. The team made up of sixth and seventh graders pulled their individual strengths together competing against high school teams, and finished with a ranking of sixth place out of 17 teams.      

Programmers Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield, Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains and Robin Zhong of Edison contended in seeding rounds and head to head challenges against the other high school teams. In addition, team captains Faizah and Shiv delivered a strong onsite presentation to the judges.      

The tournament provided practical and valuable experiences such as trust building, learning from mistakes and rising to challenges.    

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“I thought that the robotics tournament was really cool, even though we messed up at the end. I really enjoyed robotics and I will definitely be doing it again next year," Aarush Dharayan of Edison said.    

During the year, club members built two autonomous robots using Lego components and metal parts, and programmed in the C language. The chassis for one of the bots was a Roomba. In addition, students built a claw to grasp objects and programmed their code with functions.  In the run up to the tournament, the team specialized as programmers or builders and  collaborated using Google Docs to submit detailed reports.      

The following students attended the tournament: Noreen Jafri (club advisor) of South Plainfield, Aarush Dharayan of Edison, Jayden Kim of Springfield, Faizah Naqvi of South Plainfield, Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains, Nate Valcourt of South Plainfield, Zain Zaidi of Edison, Robin Zhong of Edison, Ravi Nanavati of Plainfield and Jamei Schenck of Somerset.