Last week, robotics teams from AMIT Boys’ High School, the Yeshiva Lapid Modiin and Ort Ironi Dalet, flew to Estonia to participate in the FLL International Robotics Competition. Ninety-eight teams from around the world participated in the prestigious competition and after two tense days, teams from the city picked up two trophies. The AMIT Boys earned a trophy for mechanical design of the robot they built. The second trophy went to the team from Yeshiva Lapid Modiin, in the robot programming category.
Students in grade school and high school participate in the FLL Robotics Program. The students were required to design and build a Lego robot that performs tasks accurately for a few minutes. Students were also required to prepare research work, with the theme this year focusing on human use of water. During the competition, students from Modiin Maccabim Reut presented various devices for the use of water, for example, an industrial water purification facility and a creative way of exploiting rainwater.
During the competition, the students also had some time to bond and connect with one another, with the city's teams singing Israeli songs and dancing around the hall with Israeli flags together with the foreign teams, encouraging each other even though they competed with one another.
Around 300 students made up 27 teams in the Robotics Program in Modiin. The teams participated in regional competitions, with three teams chosen to represent Israel in the international competition. The robotics team from Shibolim won the prize for “best idea” at the Robotics Festival in Tel Aviv whose topic was the importance of water. The students spent six months researching, creating and building the model while being mentored by Tamir Albik, a 10th-grade student from Ort Ironi Dalet and Aviva Hogeg, a teacher.