TRUMBULL, Conn. — Four middle school boys from the Trumbull Public Schools — competing as team mc² Robotics — swept four awards at the recent regional FLL Robotics competition.
They won the golden ticket to the state tournament, scoring a first place for their project, second place for robot performance, third place for overall performance and the best mentor award for the coach. In all, 24 teams participated in the regional competition.
The team members are Howard Qian, Param Pithadia, Adrien Joseph, and Cyrus Asgari. They are coached by Godwin Joseph, with assistant coach Bill Qian.
Their award-winning project was very apt and got a lot of attention from the judges.
According to a post at their website, they tackled a project that would bring a big impact on the community by making just a small change.
They settled on: ‘Eliminating Styrofoam plates from school lunches.’ After visiting the Trumbull transfer station and talking to their school principal, the students were optimistic about their research. They found that styrofoam is one of the worst materials to dispose, it releases harmful chemicals when incinerated and it also releases carcinogens when in contact with hot foods, consequently being harmful for kids buying lunch.
The boys are working to create awareness in the community about the harmful effects of Styrofoam lunch plates. Their recommendation is to use sugarcane plates instead. They received a cash award for this innovative idea, which they would like to contribute as an initial deposit towards a fundraiser that will help them achieve their goal of ‘Eliminating Styrofoam plates from school lunches’ and also bring awareness of the harmful effects of Styrofoam.
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