Sanford School’s 4-person robotics team is small by comparison to most others. But the “Sanford Osprey” SeaPerch team of Owen Andreasen, Emily Sherrier, Sofia Vietri and Aaron White — all 7th graders — still managed to beat 1,000 other students and 35 other middle school and high school robotics teams to earn the championship trophy at the Philadelphia Regional SeaPerch competition last month. “This was a really big shock for us because there were other giant teams that did really well in certain categories,” said a very happy Emily Sherrier.
This seasoned group has participated in lego and robotics competitions for years, so they paid close attention to the fine details judges would consider, leading them to receive 3rd place for their engineering notebook, 2nd place for their poster/presentation, and 1st place overall. “We made sure that we had everything that was required in all of the judging categories and then we added more information and detail,” quipped Sherrier.
Teams had to build a robot that could be maneuvered easily through an obstacle course under water. This required several trips to nearby pools all winter long. Now they have plans to visit Philadelphia for more special recognition. They will take part in the Biennial Intelligent Ship Symposium at UPenn on May 20th and visit the CBS-3 Studios on May 27th to be honored at the 2015 Student and Teacher Awards Event. Way to go Sanford Ospreys!