Robotics Team Earns High Marks at Regional Tournament

The NCS Alpha Eagles robotics team won their division for Core Values at the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament on Nov. 17. Seven Lower and Middle School students competed in the tournament, which was held at Friendship Public Charter School in Northeast Washington.

This year’s competition tasked students with building a Martian habitat out of LEGOs; teams were judged on their level of teamwork, communication, and ability to prototype a design in a timed environment.

The Alpha Eagles received high marks for their robotics project prototype, a lead-and silk-layer of fabric that is woven into astronauts’ spacesuits to protect them from ionizing radiation during long-term space travel. Although the team narrowly missed advancing to the state tournament this year, judges commended them for studying existing NASA technology and innovating in the ways that NASA engineers design equipment for their crew.

The Alpha Eagles will continue to compete in engineering challenges throughout the year and will design and oversee a robotics run at this year’s NCS Hackathon on Feb. 16 at the Gray Library.
    • Middle and Lower School students compete at this year’s FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament in Washington, D.C.