Finley Robotics Continues to Outshine the Competition

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Once again, the Finley Middle School Men in Black robotics team has made their school and district proud!

MIB captured 2nd place in the Long Island VEX Robotics competition held at the Center for Recreation and Sports at Adelphi University on Feb. 8. As has been the case at earlier VEX competitions, MIB was the only middle school team present, this time out of a field of 26 high school teams.

MIB won all six matches leading up to quarterfinal round and the team not only caught the attention of Newsday (click here), but the VEX judges as well.

“The judges spoke to all the boys and were impressed with their attitude, team spirit and their knowledge at such a young age, as well as their preparedness both in their actual competition performance and their preparation, citing their in-depth notebooks compiled of drawings, stories, photos, rule book and other supporting materials,” said MIB adviser Lisa Pignataro. “Oh and of course, the judges were impressed with their snappy attire.” The boys were dressed as the Men in Black from the popular movie series, donning white shirts and black suits and ties with dark sunglasses.

In fact, the judges presented various awards prior to the finale, such as best design, sportsmanship and "The Judges Award” which MIB won!

MIB team driver Shevon Rodrigo directed the team and its alliance partner schools down the stretch (this included supervising about 15 high school students). MIB and its alliance partner advanced to the final match, unfortunately, the partner robot failed in the opening seconds, leaving Shevon and the MIB robot to take on two competing robots, ultimately finishing as runner-up.

VEX Robotics competitions are presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation and are considered the ultimate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities for middle and high school students.

Congratulations to MIB and Ms. Pignataro on this impressive accomplishment!