THIS WEEKEND–SIStematic to compete in State Championship Dec. 3

The Shelton Intermediate School’s Lego League team, the SIStematic (3530), qualified for the State championship on Nov. 12 when they competed at the regional Lego League competition at Career High School in New Haven. They will compete in the State Championship this Saturday, Dec. 3 at Shelton High School.

Shelton Robotics Advisor John Niski said several weeks ago that the advisors and mentors were working with middle school robotics teams as part of the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Program. He said the teams were in the mid-season and were working hard for the past four to five weeks, in order to get ready for the regional competition in New Haven.

The SIStematic, along with the Shelton Intermediate School’s robotic team the Circuit Breakers, competed in the New Haven competition while the Brainiacs and Predators from Perry Hill Elementary School competed on Nov. 19 for the State Competition at Shelton High School. The SIStematic, the Circuit Breakers, and the Brainiacs will be competing along with other robotic teams from around the state on Saturday.

The coach for the SIStematic was Ashish Dalvi. Dalvi said the letters SIS in the team’s name stands for Shelton Intermediate School. The SIStematic is comprised of only 7th graders, which include Austin D’Aulizio, Connor Dapp, Diya Patel, Josh Mallette, Katie Daxner, Michael Caruso, Ria Dalvi, and Shayaan Dabiran.

Dalvi commented on the team’s performance

“The SIStematic team really came together to put a great performance at the New Haven competition. Aside from being the top scoring team with 146 points and winning the Robot Performance award, the team also won the overall 1st place Champions award,”Dalvi said.

Dalvi said his daughter, Ria Dalvi, and another team mate, Diya Patel, were the programmers on the team.

Austin D’Auzilio, Josh Mallette and Shayaan Dabiran were the Lego builders. Katie Daxner, Michael Caruso and Connor Dapp were the main contributors for the project research, Davi said. He commented on the team’s skills.

“As a coach I was truly amazed by the technology and research skills of these 7th graders”,Dalvi said.

Although they did not make the State Competition, the Circuit Breakers worked hard to prepare for the competition.

The Circuit Breakers are comprised of only 8th graders, which include Archit Bhargava, Ashley Kichar, Caroline McCormick, Connor Habrecht, and David Sekelsky, Evan Kryger, Fran Jones, Josh Zamani, Suhaas Nadella, and Jules Cayer, daughter of the Circuit Breakers coach, Josh Cayer.

Cayer said the SIStematic placed in the top third for all sections, which include Core Values, Technical, Project, and Robot Performance. The Circuit Breakers placed in the top third for Core Values and Project; however the Circuit Breakers Technical was in the middle third and their robot failed to perform, stranding them in the bottom third for that, Cayer said.