Perry Hill students awarded for their wildfire work

Sixth graders from Perry Hill School dominated during a recent FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition.

Held on Dec. 7 at the Central Connecticut State University, 51 teams from throughout the state competed, and the Perry Hill Dominators won. The other student team from Shelton that qualified representing the Shelton Intermediate School, the 7th grade, SIS Robotic Revolution, was awarded second place in the Project Presentation category.

The Dominators (PhD’s) is made up of Jake Daxner, Justin Gidwani, Siddharth Jain, Keegan McDonough, Amelia Nankervis, David Niski, Megan Pereira, Ian Pleasant, Anish Rajamanickam and Ananya Yadav.

The team competed in the 2013 FLL competition titled “Nature’s Fury” which required them to:

• Learn about the natural event that could cause a natural disaster in that community.

• Research obstacles and then create an innovative solution to help keep people and property safe before, during, or after a natural disaster.

• Share their problem and solution with others.

• Build, test, and program an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course.

Statewide, there are 183 registered teams from Connecticut. Internationally, there are more than 22,000 teams from 80 countries competing.

About their project

The Dominators chose to study wildfires and researched the topic and innovative solutions. They met with local Shelton Fire Chief Francis Jones to discuss their topic and research.

They also met with local firefighters from the Pine Rock Firehouse where they were able to see firsthand how fire-fighting equipment works. The students then researched and developed a solution using low frequency sound waves to help suppress fire.

They presented their project to a panel of judges at the local FLL Qualifying Tournament in Shelton on Nov. 23, and were ultimately selected as the “Champions Award” winning team from the 22 teams competing at the local level. This qualified the team to participate in the FLL Connecticut State Championship.

Their presentation, along with a demonstration of the FLL Core Values, and the construction of a competitive robot using the Lego Mindstorms controller; were all part of the requirements to participate.

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