May 24, 2020

RMS Robotics Team “Magnetech” Creates an Invention to Provide Cleaner and Less Expensive Electricity to EP Residents

Posted by jmarsula

The Magnetech Robotics Team includes five eighth grade students from Riverside Middle School who have qualified to compete in the RI First LEGO League Robotics Championship event held on the campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The team excelled at the recent RI First LEGO League Qualifier Tournament held on December 8, 2019 at the Rocky Hill School in Warwick, RI. The team won an award for having the best robot design and finished a close second in the overall robot game point total.
The Magnetech Robotics Team has developed a research project based on this year's First Lego League (FLL) theme: “City Shaper”. The First LEGO League is a middle school robotics challenge that is undertaken by middle school aged students in all over the world. This year, in addition to programming a robot, the team was required to create an innovative solution to the following: find a way to improve cities and solve modern problems. Our team - Magnetech - has developed the idea of a semi-perpetual energy source that involves magnets.
Perpetuity has been proven impossible by Clausius' Laws of Thermodynamics - but semi-perpetuity has not. Furthermore, the teams’ project involves neodymium magnets in a wheel shape, thus powering a generator. This idea could be used to power homes around the world - giving us a more efficient energy source and saving Rhode Island and especially East Providence residents money.
The team shared its concept for magnets as an alternative energy source with the Electrical/Carpentry program’s senior class at the East Providence Career and Technical Center. The Electrical teacher, Mr. Tom Heatherton, has met with the team on several occasions to provide feedback and to share the suggestions made by his senior class at the Career and Technical Center.
The Magnetech Robotics Team is seeking feedback on their project from anyone with a background in electricity among the East Providence community. If you are interested in helping out the team or to learn more about this creative project check out the Magnetech website: sites.google.com/epschoolsri.com/magnetech
If you have questions or feedback contact Mangetech’s coach, Mr. John Marsula. His email address is: jmarsula@epschoolsri.com
The Magnetech Robotics Team includes:
Will Laroche
Tiana Brierly
Nathan Tavares
Aidan Lombardo
Jayden Carlson
Coaches: John Marsula, Riverside Middle School Robotics Teacher and Donna Hallal, Speech Pathologist, Silver Spring Elementary School

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