Eighth graders from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield were awarded first place in Robocross at the Science Olympiad regional competition held at New Jersey Institute of Technology on January 15.

Matt Leone (at left) and Brandon Hipp now have the opportunity to have their robot compete in the state tournament March 10 – 12 at Middlesex County College. 

“It was a great experience winning first place,” recalled Matt, “because that award was announced last so it was a big surprise.” 

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“It was pretty cool,” added Brandon.  “We were able to score the most amount of points in the shortest amount of time.”

Science teacher Jeffrey Robbins (standing) stated, “All of our students did great and in total, we placed 6th out of 20 teams.  We medaled in 6 of the 12 events and in addition to a first place medal in Robocross, we placed third in Green Generation, fourth in Dynamic Planet and fifth in Elastic Launched Glider,  Air Trajectory and Picture This.   In three of the other events, we also placed in the top 10.”