Danforth Students Recognized in Underwater Robotics Competition

     Published on 5/19/15   Tagged under:    District News   

Three teams of Danforth Middle School students attended an underwater robotics competition at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth College in Boston recently—and all three teams returned with awards!
In Danforth’s first year participating in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition, students successfully placed at the regionals, opening up the opportunity for them to attend the national competition in Las Vegas in November.
The STEM program’s challenge: to design, build and drive a remote operate vehicle (ROV). This year’s theme was “under the ice,” so students had to build a ROV that could perform tasks that would generally be done in the arctic, underwater, in cold temperatures. Why? One of these vehicles could be used in place of a person to complete dangerous missions that are necessary to our planet.
Team Destinee (comprised of eighth graders Aliz Samuels, Chy-La Peacock and Tysheonna Carter Leach) received the Perseverance Award, Team Future (seventh graders Dynasty Donerlson and Devine Hansen and sixth grader Jasmine Whitaker) were recognized with the Women in Engineering Award and Team Infinity (seventh graders Coryaana Edwards, Kiamesha Cotton and Lanaisha Ruffs and sixth grader Keyessence Hester) were awarded for the Most Improved Robot.
Congratulations to all teams for representing the Syracuse City School District and the State of New York so well!