Our James Whitcomb Riley 43 Robotics Teams competed in its first ever robotics competition on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Shortridge IB High School. The 2nd and 3rd grade HORNETS TEAM in collaboration with the 4th and 5th grade TORNADOES TEAM were the best Ambassadors for JWRiley 43 with their remarkable focus, collaborative efforts, and competitive spirit.

 
Our 2nd & 3rd grade HORNETS TEAM  finished 11th out of 35 teams missing out on reaching the finals by one point.  The team of LaNique C. and Randy A. scored the second highest point total of the event with 48 points. Our 4th & 5th grade TORNADOES TEAM finished 16th out of 35 teams.
 
Enjoy viewing highlights of our HORNETS TEAM and TORNADOES TEAM in ACTION —

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR ROBOTICS TEAMS MEMBERS!!!

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to our faculty coaches for the HORNETS TEAM: Chris Schnepp and Dr. Stephen Franz!!

 

 To the Robotics Teams’ corporate sponsor and coaching of the TORNADOES TEAM  — 100 BLACK MEN OF INDIANAPOLIS – THANK YOU!!!!  (The shirts worn by Hornets and Tornadoes Team members were provided by this wonderful organization of gentlemen.)

 

 And THANK YOU to our HORNETS & TORNADOES TEAMS’ PARENTS for allowing their children, our students, to participate.  This is an example of everyone who is critical in the education of our students WORKING TOGETHER.

 
After returning to JWR43 from the competition, Mr. Schnepp expressed his joy about the competition and what to expect for the remainder of this school year and next: “We we are excited about preparing for next year’s competition. We will begin doing that on Wednesdays after ISTEP.  We will consider practices after ISTEP testing to begin preparations for next year.”  

 

Our School 43 Robotics Teams have been meeting since November 2016 and oh what robot building they have achieved through this wonderful after-school STEM program. Team meetings will continue per the current schedule for Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m.
 
February 22 Team Meeting  4:00-5:30 p.m.(Last meeting until after ISTEP)
 
Check out the photos — you can get a feel for the excitement, energy and learning, collaboration and fun that took place leading up to their first competition on February 18th!
 

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