The Bearded Bobs Website

February 20, 2013

This year’s middle school team has created a website:

Packer Robotics Team brings home two Research Awards!

January 15, 2013

This past Saturday, four Packer Robotics teams competed at NYU Poly (in downtown Brooklyn) in a borough qualifier tournament against 44 teams from across Brooklyn.

We earned two awards in research, which qualifies two teams to advance to the city-wide tournament against 80 teams from across all five boroughs at the Jacob Javits Center on Saturday, March 9th.

The teams meet once a week for 90 minutes to compete in four competition domains:

1. A research project based on a real-world problem connected to the tournament’s theme.
2. A robot game obstacle course, where a robot of their design must complete up to 14 challenges in 2 1/2 minutes.
3. A technical presentation on the robot design and programming.
4. Teamwork – showing “coopertition” and “gracious professionalism” throughout the tournament day, as well as in a closed door teamwork challenge and Q&A session.

This year’s theme is “Senior Solutions'” and teams are challenged to look at innovative ways to make our aging population’s lives easier and more healthy.

The Middle School Robotics team, The Bearded Bobs earned the “Innovation” award in research. The team partnered with Ben Difilippi’s grandmother and her caregivers to determine the many challenges they face with helping her lead an independent life at home. They created an app that can help make the communication connection between elders living at home and their caregivers more seamless. They  shared their research with a senior center and there is potential to make this app an actual product! Stay tuned for updates on the future development of this innovative idea from the great minds of our middle school team.

The Bearded Bobs team is led by 8th grader Ben Difillippi, and mentored by Roman Usatin.

The Bearded Bobs:

  • Eli Harrell (5)
  • Alexander Hermer (5)
  • Jack Pilson (5)
  • Sebastian Allais (5)
  • Armand Melk-Johnson (5)
  • Charlie Dalton (6)
  • Carter Weaver (5)
  • Ben DiFilippi (8)
  • Isaac Aguilar (7)
  • Alexi Judge (5)

The third grade boy’s team, Grandpa Bob’s Whippersnappers, won the “Presentation” award for their research on how Parkinson’s disease can be debilitating to an aging senior. Those of you who witnessed a preview of their research presentation at a Lower School assembly before break can attest to their depth of knowledge on the topic and their confidence when presenting their ideas. The boys partnered with their coach’s mother, Mrs. W., who suffers from Parkinson’s. They are developing a robot helper to assist her with everyday tasks. The judges not only honored their presentation style, but also commented on their infectious enthusiasm and support for one another.

The GBW team is coached by Maureen Reilly and 9th grader Jared Chan.

Grandpa Bob’s Whippersnappers:

  • Matthew Kodsi (3)
  • Alexander Bourtin (3)
  • Andrew McKnight (3)
  • Sam Donohoe (3)
  • Joseph French (3)
  • James Perlmutter (3)
  • Jake Schlein (3)
  • Cole McBeth (3)
  • Benjamin Grossman (3)
  • Owen Olivier-Carter (3)
  • Edward Coe (3)
  • Isaac Hinton (3)

Packer Robotics also had its first all girls robotics team, The Super Silly Senior Savers, with students from all three divisions making up the team. The judges at the event recognized their dedicated teamwork and knowledge of their robot’s strengths and the parts of their construction and programming that need to be improved upon. They also recognized the quality of research that went into their project on seniors having difficulty with transitioning from one place to another and the risk of injuries that happen if seniors fall. The girls demonstrated great enthusiasm, support for one another, and sportsmanship.

The Super Silly Senior Savers team is coached by Mollie Yacano (12) and Lily Fishleder (12), and mentored by Roman Usatin and Maureen Reilly

Super Silly Senior Savers

  • Avery Fingleton (5)
  • Lola Fortune (3)
  • Whitney Miller (3)
  • Avery Russell (3)
  • Lily Bradshaw (5)
  • Dylan Kelleher (3)
  • Ruby Jeanne Harris (5)
  • Madeleine Penalver (4)
  • Abby Penalver (3)

Lastly, the 4th grade boys team, The Age Agents, partnered with Ms. Turner, who had many helpful suggestions for researching problems of the elderly. The team decided to focus on the problem of seniors forgetting to take their medications. They designed a robot which they named the Portable Pill Reminder. It helps to remind seniors when to take their medications and in the correct dosages. The judges recognized that the boys did an exemplary job in researching other devices that do the same job, and in making improvements to their own invention.

The Age Agents team is coached by Chris Kavanaugh, and 10th graders Jasen Chan and Will Merrill.
The Age Agents

  • John Benson (4)
  • Sam Davidson (4)
  • Henry Baird (4)
  • Elliott Chang (4)
  • Joe Tramontin (4)
  • Nolan Casey (4)
  • John Wallace (4)
  • Luke Leicht (4)

Here are some pictures from the tournament!

Packer Robotics #1 in Teamwork!

January 18, 2012

The Packer Robotics Team, “The Swedish Chefs,” earned top honors at the Brooklyn Borough tournament this past Saturday, earning First Place for Teamwork with the “Gracious Professionalism” award. Two teams from Packer competed against 42 teams from across Brooklyn and earned a spot in the City-Wide tournament in March at the Jacob Javits Center.

Teams competed in four areas: the Robot Game, Robot Design and Programming, the Research Project, and Teamwork.

Check us out on Channel 2! (We’re the team wearing the chef hats.)

Check out some pictures Mr. Grimmett took for us

The team is called the Swedish Chefs because the theme for this year’s challenge is “FOOD FACTOR,” and our mission was to explore problems and innovations in the food industry. The Packer teams conducted research projects on the effect of sugary beverages on one’s health (“Re-Think your Drink”), and on food packaging waste (“What a Waste!”).

Gracious Professionalism is a core value of FIRST LEGO League. The expression was patented by inventor Dean Kamen just for FIRST Robotics teams.

“Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.”

Please congratulate the team members and coaches!

Team Members:

  • Ben Difilippi
  • Charlie Dalton
  • Eli Harrell
  • Jack Pilson
  • Josh Epstein
  • Nick Fleischer
  • Nico Candido
  • Peter Cembalest
  • Sammy Wolf
  • Tristan Kunzle
  • Zach Redhead-Leconte
  • Alexander Hermer
  • Emma Barbaccia
  • Emma Dietderich
  • Eve Fabricant
  • Isola Bobadilla
  • Jordan Renville
  • Leo Zolberg
  • Oona Pierre
  • Ruby Harris
  • Ruby Kopel
  • Sebastian Allais

Assistant Coaches:

  • Ava Busto Schiff
  • Jack Seibert
  • Jasen Chan
  • Will Merrill

Link to NY1 Story from City College Tournament

January 25, 2010

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Pictures from City College Tournament!

January 25, 2010

Video of robot doing “Truck Challenge”

December 14, 2009

MISSION: Survive Impacts
VEHICLE IMPACT TEST Required Condition: The truck needs to no longer touch the ramp’s red stopper beam. Your entire vehicle needs to be completely out of Base when it produces the required condition, otherwise the referee removes two upright warning beacons (in the same manner as two touch penalties).
= 20 Points

Video of robot making it to the Target Spot

December 14, 2009

MISSION: Gain Access to Places
TARGET SPOT Required Condition: Parked with at least one of its drive wheels or treads touching the round target
= 25 Points
OUR ROBOT: Destroys two mission models (two Access Markers) – need to find out if this is “legal”

January Practice Schedule

December 3, 2009

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Presentation from Parent Information Meeting

December 3, 2009

Tournament Dates

December 1, 2009

Manhattan Qualifier:
Sunday January 24th
8:00am – 4:00 pm
@ Shepard Hall
City College of New York
Convent Ave. on 140th Street, Manhattan

City-Wide Tournament:
Sunday March 14th
8:00am – 4:00 pm
Jacob Javits Center

FIRST LEGO League World Festival
April 14th – 17th
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA

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