MORRISTOWN, NJ -After their commendation at the regional competition for epitomizing the "Core Values" of the FIRSTLego League, The Peck School's all girls robotics squad moved on the compete in the Northern New Jersey State FLL Championship at Mt. Olive School in Flanders on December 9th. Once again, the "PeckBots" (as they call themselves) fared very well in the competition and came home with the official Teamwork Award.

As the First Lego League states, “This award recognizes a team that is able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management.” The girls have brought to robotics, the same ethos of sportsmanship and communication, that our athletic department emphasizes on the court and sports field.

The Peckbots not only excelled in collaboration, they nearly doubled their project score. Considering the relative newness of Peck’s robotics program (in its third year), and the fact that the school’s new robotics lab has only been in operation for three months, Peck has much to look forward to, as a school, in future competitions. 

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Team PeckBots chose the delivery of water in rural areas as their problem and developed a robot that can enter pipes, detect leaks, and repair them. Although they may never see their pipe repairing robot come to commercial fruition, they also chose a charity to support throughout the project and have so far raised almost 90% of their goal to support The Water Project. Help them reach and exceed their goal by visiting their fundraising page. (https://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/peckbotswaterproject)

Congratulations to PeckBots teammates Janet Pearce, Megan Wu, Kay Lyon, Heidi Pearce, Scarlette Liftin, Gianna Piloto, and Harini Venkatesh. Congratulations also to the dedicated faculty coaches who worked with all all of Peck’s robotics teams throughout the year: Bruce Schwartz, Director of Peck’s Idea and Design Lab, Kevin Grieshaber, Director of Technology, Genny Elias-Warren, Upper School Science Teacher, and Lee Collick, System Administrator.

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