February 23, 2019

Team Magic Sock is Headed to the FLL Robotics World Festival

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Magic Sock is a Neighborhood Robotics team comprised of former Beckwith Middle School students. The team is made up of Ethan Cutler, Sam Brown, Devin Andrade, Noah Ferreira, and Alex Tomellini, and is coached by Dalita Tomellini.
The theme of the 2019 First Lego League competition is Into Orbit. In addition to having to design and program a robot that needs to complete tasks in order to earn points, the team also has to create a project that solves a problem that astronauts face while living in space. The Magic Sock chose to take on the task of doing laundry, specifically, laundering socks. They designed, and created, a prototype of machine that will remove the socks off the astronauts feet, clean and disinfect them.

Based on what they’ve learned, cleanliness, and dead skin cell particles in the air is a major concern for astronauts.

On December 8, Magic Sock competed at the Gordon School qualifying tournament. They came in first place, and won an award for robot performance, with a first place score of 120 points. It advanced them to states.

January 2, they competed at Roger Williams University and won the First Place Champions Award. This earned the Magic Sock a trip to the World Festival in Detroit, and each team member received a $20,000 scholarship to Roger Williams University.

They are excited to see what the future holds for them, and are ready to compete with, and learn from, the 74 countries that will be represented April 24-27.

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