Published : Friday, January 9, 2015 | 12:26 PM
While most were still enjoying their holiday break at home, members of Ramona Rampage Robotics Team were anxiously awaiting the announcement of the FIRST Robotics challenge to kick off the season. Students were excited to hear that the task this year focuses on the importance of recycling. The task is to build and design a robot that is able to pick up large plastic crates used for recycling materials, stack them up, and fill them with recyclable items. The competitive challenge comes in to play when they program their robot to throw pool noodles across the court to the opposing team to generate points. Mrs. Aulikki Flagan, 12th – year Ramona Rampage Moderator, is extremely optimistic about the season and expressed “we aim to get into the finals this year…even though we have only been able to do this three times, this feels like the year it could happen.”
Prior to the season, the team worked hard to raise funds for the club by working the athletic and school snack bar, collecting e-waste, selling floral arrangements and drought-tolerant plants, and more. These fundraising efforts, as well as generous donations from Ramona families and various organizations, have given the team the opportunity to purchase new equipment, participate in community outreach activities, attend workshops and webinars, and more. A few of their service learning activities included visits with local girl scout troops and schools to educate them on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by using Lego Robots and various electronic devices. They also spent a day during their break at Longo Toyota assisting with hospitality at the dealership and folded over 4,640 plastic car covers to help out the Service Department and were rewarded for their efforts with a generous donation from Longo Toyota.
Ramona Rampage is the only all-girls’ team expected to compete this year at the FIRST Robotics Competition in Ventura, and over fifty students are preparing for competition by contributing more than 20 hours per week on various functional teams such as frame building, electronics, lifting mechanism, programming, marketing and fundraising, and spirit team as they collaborate with their fellow members and Ramona alumnae, alumnae parents, and mentors from the California Institute of Technology. The spirit of the community is expressed through their hard work and dedication not only to the FIRST Robotics competition but also to the advancement of the STEM program within the Ramona community and beyond. The competition will be held March 26 – 29 in Ventura and we can’t wait to cheer them on!
Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 West Ramona Road, Alhambra, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.