Packer Robotics #1 in Teamwork!

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


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