Triton College congratulates Proviso Math and Science Academy on its second-place finish in Chicago robotics competition

Triton College commends the hard work and creative thinking of Proviso Math and Science Academy’s Monty Pythons Robotics Team for being named a regional finalist in the 2012 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Robotics Midwest Regional Competition in March at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

More than 50 participating teams competed in groups of three and were faced with the task of building a robot that shoots basketballs through a hoop. Triton’s own Engineering Technology instructor Antigone Sharris served as an expert source to the Monty Pythons (Team 2151) of Forest Park in constructing their complex robot that placed second in the Midwest Regional in collaboration with WildStang Team 111 of Schaumburg and Hammond Team 71 of Hammond, Ind.

Sharris, an engineer, volunteers each year to mentor the Monty Pythons in designing, building and programming their robots. “The team was smart in their design and execution of the project this year that successfully placed them as a finalist in a tough competition,” she said. “Each member of this team has a promising future in an engineering technology career that I hope being part of this team has encouraged them to pursue following high school.”  

The Monty Pythons raised the funds to build their robot through donations from Triton College, JC Penney, Interlake Mecalux, mentor Branden Gunn, family and friends and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

On April 7, the team will show off their creation at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for National Robotics Week.

A strong supporter of STEM-related activities, Triton College will hold two youth camps this summer with a STEM focus:

WaterBotics Camp will give sixth, seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to use creativity and logic to make underwater robots programmed to swim. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-19 on Triton’s main campus in River Grove. Registration is free.

GADgET Camp – Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology – is designed to empower and create an interest in engineering technology among girls between the ages of 12 and 16. The camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23-26, will teach girls about product design and how to utilize various tools to create their very own “gadgets” in a field that is currently male-dominated. The registration fee for the four-day camp is $95.

To register for either camp, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130 and use course number CMPC29 for WaterBotics and CMPC46001 for GADgET. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator and Engineering Technology instructor Antigone Sharris at asharris@triton.edu, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3622, or visit www.triton.edu.

A video of the semifinal match at FIRST is available here. For more information about FIRST, visit www.usfirst.org.