On Sunday, February 2, 2020, a team of 8 upper school students participated in the NY Excelsior Qualifier for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The event took place at Sauquoit Valley High School in Sauquoit, NY (just south of Utica). For the competition the 15 members of our upper school engineering club had to design and build a robot weighing less than 40 pounds that could pick up, carry, and output blocks and that could be controlled to do other tasks within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. In addition students had to document their work since the beginning of the year, compile it in an engineering binder, and then present their binder to judges at the competition.
Our team the Park Pioneers, team number 17168, competed in five matches where two robot operators and one human player from our team partnered with students from a randomly selected team to complete various objectives in the playing field in order to score the most points. For each of the five matches, we were partnered with a new team, so communication and strategy were essential to success.
We had an impressive showing in our first ever competition winning 3 of our 5 matches and placing 12th out of 28 teams. Students who participated in the event on Sunday were Emma S. '20, Alec R. '20, Kiki Z. '20, Kelly Y. '20, Olivia L. '21, Xishun M. '21, George P. '23, and Zach W. '23. Members of the team who were unable to attend the event are Jordan B. '20, Chloe C. '20, Nathan K. '21, Calvin B. '21, Eli B. '22, Eli V. '22, and Isaiah D. '22.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.