LENOX, Mass. – The Herberg Hurricanes of Herberg Middle School defeated the Trouble By Design Team from Egremont Elementary School, 126-103, in the finals to win the championship of “Nature’s Fury,” the 15th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, held Saturday, March 29, at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.
The competition involved student teams from throughout the county, using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios related to natural disasters.
The event, which involved 31 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 250 students ages 8 to 14, was sponsored by Berkshire Applied Technology Council and Berkshire Community College, with major underwriting support from SABIC.
Wendy Stebbins and and Ellen Lantz were coaches for the Hurricanes (sponsored by Herberg Middle School), which featured team members Adam Shepardson, Andrew Callahan, Chenyang Lin, Jacob Soldato, Dinari Murdaugh, Brian Lavinio and Hunter Street.
Matt Kerwood and Tom Simon were the coaches for Trouble By Design (sponsored by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems), which featured team members Kate Kerwood, Eli English, Nathan Gillman, Mackenzi Ressler, and Marcos Heisecke.
Other award winners were:
Semifinalist: Nexus Builders (Berkshire Christian School)
Semifinalist: Squishy Kyle Optics (Pine Cobble School)
Sportsmanship & Team Spirit: Thunderbolts (Undermountain Elementary)
Best Mechanical Design: WES Legoheads I (Williamstown Elementary School)
Most Innovative Design: Montessori Megabots (Montessori School of the Berkshires)
Best Programming: Trouble By Design (Egremont Elementary School)
Comeback Kids: Robo Warriors (Neighborhood Team)
Rookie Team of the Year: Robo Warriors (Neighborhood Team)
Best Research Project: DALEK (Lee Elementary School)
Judges, inspectors and referees for the event were Jon Friedman, Dave Owen, Greg Owen, Richard Peters, Peter Bell, John Bracci and Bob Vaughan.