Published : Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 1:18 PM
The Ramona Rampage (Team 1159) robotics team is headed to St. Louis, Missouri, for the National FIRST Robotics Championship to be held April 28th – 30th at the Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center Convention Complex. Ramona’s team of creators, builders, programmers, and helpers will be flying on a red-eye flight ready to engage in head-to-head bot battles with 598 teams from around the world. Ramona will be one of a few all-girls’ teams.
The robot, affectionately named Lady Margaret the Magnificent in memory of beloved STEM teacher, Sr. Margaret Spiller, SNJM, is a simple and solid bot built to overcome 6 out of 8 different types of defenses and shoot a ball into low and high goals.
In preparation for the competition, Mrs. Aulikki Flagan, long-time Ramona Convent STEM faculty member and Robotics team mentor, along with student team members, crated and shipped Lady Margaret the Magnificent straight to Missouri. Ramona has been participating in the FIRST organization competition for the past 13 years in order to inspire young women to embrace science, technology, engineering, and math as both educational and professional career paths.
Each year, Ramona Rampage endeavors to demonstrate competence, gracious professionalism, and ingenuity while living the Ramona mission and engaging competitive spirit through the STEM forum established by the FIRST Robotics Organization. Live streaming will be available on www.firstroboticschampionship.org.
About Ramona Convent Secondary School
A leader in the education of young women for over a century, Ramona Convent draws from its rich heritage and tradition to continue the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in the San Gabriel Valley.
Ramona Convent is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive Catholic environment in which young women integrate academic excellence, spiritual depth, personal integrity, and leadership skills as they prepare to meet the challenges of a global society. This environment encourages each student to reach her full potential as a spiritual, caring, independent, cultured, confident, and well-educated young woman with an understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures that make up the school and world communities.