Nathan Hale High School Robotics Team Takes Fourth Place in Regional Underwater Robotics Competition

Nathan Hale High School Robotics Team Takes Fourth Place in Regional Underwater Robotics Competition
Posted on 05/10/2019
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On April 28, 2019, the Nathan Hale High School Robotics Team took 4th place at the Milwaukee Regional Underwater Robotics Competition held at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. There were eight teams in the Ranger Division from Wisconsin and Illinois in the competition.

“Each team produced a lengthy technical report that detailed their research and design, a marketing poster that highlighted the robots features and capabilities and a group presentation in front of an engineering panel; as well as completing a complex mission in the pool.” explained Advisor and math teacher, Donna Krasovich.

“Our students faced every possible technical challenge this year along with many personal ones. Our students have come a long way in a short time and worked hard these last few weeks to come together as a team and complete their robot in time for the competition.”

The team was led by Seniors: John Peters, Alana Rowell, Jane Krasovich, and Sean Borak; and Juniors: Claudia Gabriel, Michaela Steiner and Bella Swirth. The team was supported by Senior, Zach Mui, Sophomore, Jordan Schnieder and a very enthusiastic group of Freshman: Alyssa Kompas, Paul Neuok, Sophie Zheng, Kayla Zimmerman, Michael Odya , Mihn Duong, Ethan Lyles, Erin Krasovich, and Isabella Arce from Central High School.  

“Over the past year, team members spent the school year researching, designing and building a remotely controlled underwater robot that can dive and perform complex maneuvers in deep water,” said Krasovich.

“Our students put in over 1,500 hours of work building, testing, breaking, and fixing their robot and creating all the documentation required to showcase it. Our students are involved in all of the seasonal sports and the fine arts (plays and musicals). Most participate in Honors and AP classes. Many of them have jobs. Somehow they found time to build a robot on top of everything else they do!”

“Robotics is an opportunity for students to apply their math, engineering and communication skills. They have to collaborate and problem-solve. It is amazing to see what this robot can do underwater!” adds Principal Matthew Lesar.