RCDS Makes a Stellar Impression at FLL

Two Rye Country Day School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Teams, the "AstroDucks" and the "Cosmo Geese" participated in a regional competition on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Crompond School in Yorktown.

This year's theme, "Into Orbit" celebrates NASA's 60th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Each of our teams, comprising students from the 5th and 6th grades, prepared for and competed in three judged presentations: a robot design executive summary that explained how they designed and programmed their robot to successfully complete missions, a research project on a space-related topic of interest to them, and their reflections upon the Core Values learned throughout the season.

The AstroDucks' research project, proposed the creation of an app, "Space Time," that demonstrated empathy for the astronauts who spend so much time away from "family, friends, quality food, and so many other things we take for granted." The Cosmo Geese project, presented in a talk show format, proposed 3D printed food in space that "looks better, tastes better, and retains more nutrients than NASA space food does, no offense to NASA...!"

Both teams put a tremendous amount of time and energy into preparing for the competition and delivered their presentations confidently, effectively, and with the perfect amount of humor. The team members, who worked after school,, during flex times and on Saturdays in preparation for the tournament, are:

The AstroDucks

Grade 6: Allison Bauer, Joshua Greene, Stephen Mulderry, and Leah Steyn

Grade 5: Natisse Marrero-Cruz, Sofia Monterroso-Rodriguez

The Cosmo Geese

Grade 5: Tyler Hatstadt, Harrison Moss, Teddy Pettit, Devon Smith

Coaches: Joanne Ciuccio and Katie Sandling with support from Gail Sestito

Thank you to the parents, administrators, faculty, and staff who helped make this positive experience of learning, growth, and teamwork possible!