The GCCS Robotics Team finished in fourth place at the South Jersey Qualifying Event held at Salem Community College. This allows the team to compete at the South Jersey Championship at Rowan University  March 2nd. Team members include: David Alex Mitchell, John Luke Whiting, Logan Muller, Garren Graves, Nicholas Pierantozzi, John Hartman, Joshua Janicki, Daniel Blushstein, Denzel Wiggins, and Madison Elvin. Congratulations “Circuit Boards.” The team also received a first place recognition for their project “Early detection of mold on growing surfaces.”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League veteran, Kathy Simpkins got to know about our school through the Challenge Island science program held after school here at GCCS. She is a member of the Board of Directors of South Jersey Robotics. Mrs. Simpkins coached our students to prepare for the qualifier.

FIRST* is a “not-for-profit public charity that designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.” This program level is FIRST LEGO League. It engages tomorrow’s innovators in imaginative thinking and teamwork as they research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc.,  and develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS, then compete on a table-top playing field.*

*From the FIRST website