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Taylor Road Middle School wins robotics championship at UGA

By Julia Shin Email By Julia Shin
April 2015
Taylor Road Middle School wins robotics championship at UGA

 

(Left) Sakshi Kakkad, Sindhu Tunki, Rithik Doddla, Eshan Bhojane, Pavana Karthikeyan, Vibhu Mocherla, Maanas Purushothapu, and Tyler Shin.

 

Taylor Road Middle School Robotics team, the Atomic Bubbles from Johns Creek, won 1st place Champion’s Award on February 7, 2015 at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championship at UGA.

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Every year over 265,000 children ages 9-16 (in the U.S.: ages 9-14, grades 4-8) from 80 countries participate and compete at over 700 FLL qualifying and championship tournaments, working on challenges where participants are exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) principles.

Atomic Bubbles chose to help students with ADHD learn to organize their schoolwork. Their solution was OMG, Organizational Management Guru, an application that teaches the user how to efficiently organize schoolwork. First, the lesson plan/survey gathers data to generate a custom lesson plan. Then, similar to Khan Academy, the user can look up videos and tutorials. Folder organization allows users to store and organize documents. The fourth feature is an online agenda where the user enters work and due dates, and the agenda automatically notifies the user every two hours to complete the work. The OMG provides structure, routine, and organization for those who need it.

Georgia had 521 teams, culminating in two state championships, one at UGA and the other at GA Tech. The two 1st place winners, Atomic Bubbles and Disaster Blasters (see the report below) will represent Georgia in St. Louis where they will compete in the Ultimate Sports of the Mind for four days. The Atomic Bubbles are the first Taylor Road Middle School team to reach the World Championship, where more than 100 teams from all over the world will compete.

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