Chesterton Academy Robotics Team Wins Rookie Inspiration Award

Chesterton Academy's Robotics Team, Tech NoLogic brought home the FIRST Rookie Inspiration Award during their first year of competition.

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An incredible amount of hard work went into Chesterton Academy's first robotics team getting to competitions. Parents, faculty, and students worked together to fundraise enough money to build the robot, ending with a sponsorship from NASA as well as 3M Gives. Each member of the team had to manage a specific aspect of the robot creation. They needed to communicate well with their coaches and other team members during the build process, as well as learn to control their robot, Sir Gilbert.

The competition -- which included navigating Sir Gilbert around obstacles to retrieve objects and returning them to a goal to score -- was an intense but invigorating experience for each of the members. It ended with the rookie team taking home the FIRST Rookie Inspiration Award, which "celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community."

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Daniel Steeves, Tech NoLogic's Team Captain, says that he can't stop thinking about future endeavors with the team, which are very much in the spirit of the award. "I don't think most people realize how easy it is to get into technology," Steeves said. "We use basic, simple skills to build the robot that most people could learn. Coding, building, design, hardware, and electronics are all doable." With this in mind, Steeves plans not only to grow the robotics team, but also to set up workshops for the school, so that a larger number of students can learn the engineering and computer skills associated with robotics, even if they can't commit to the team.

Congratulations, team Tech NoLogic!

Click here to watch Tech NoLogic compete!