Local club to compete in international robotic competition

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — In just a few weeks, a local school will represent New England in an international robotic competition.

The group will take part of a worldwide competition for building and programming robots — and they are learning more each step of the way.

For the third time in the last four years, the All Saints Academy Robotics Club is headed to the event, held in St. Louis. About 180 other teams from around the globe will be present.

Their robots — which can do almost anything the kids can imagine — are made out of legos.

“Every year you have to build a robot that, with motors and appendages, [that] will best fit the tasks that are given each year,” said student Xavier Lora.

The competition is not just about robots, though. The All Saints Academy team will also present research they’ve done on the importance of cursive writing.

“Cursive helps develop our fine motor skills progress, it helps develop full brain patterns. It helps both sides of your brain,” said student Charlie Silveria.

The team will be scored on the presentation of their research, their respect and professionalism with other teams — and of course their robot skills.

The competition requires the robots to be pre-programed because remotes are not allowed.

“So proud and could not do it without the support of parents that help me out as the coaches for the team. But the children have really stepped forward to do a wonderful job,” Anita Brouse of All Saints Academy.

To club is raising funds to get them to St. Louis — if you’d like to donate click here.

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