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Apr 1, 2015 11:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Rookie Robotics Team Advances To National Competition In St. Louis

Apr 1, 2015 11:45 AM

Move over, boys basketball—the Bridgehampton School has another champion team.

The Bridgehampton School rookie robotics team is heading to St. Louis, Missouri, later this month for the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship after an impressive performance in the Long Island Regional competition this past weekend at Hofstra University. The team’s ticket to the national event, which takes place April 22 to 25, came in the form of a Rookie All-Star Award they received on the last day of the competition.

“It was definitely shocking,” said junior Harriet DeGroot, the team’s safety captain. “We just weren’t expecting it. If you go in as a rookie, you just don’t expect it.”

Team Supreme, as Bridgehampton calls itself, is one of six from Long Island set to compete in St. Louis, among them Westhampton Beach High School as well. Teams qualified by either placing in the top three or receiving a certain award, as Bridgehampton did.

Even though Bridgehampton’s key to advancing came in the form of an award, the team still placed eighth overall among the 51 teams that competed last weekend—something team members described as “unrealistic” for a rookie group. “It was a real team effort,” said Ken Giosi, one of Bridgehampton’s faculty advisers.

Getting the whole 11-member team to St. Louis does pose a challenge for Team Supreme, however. Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, another faculty adviser for the team, said they need to raise roughly $16,000 over the next two weeks to cover the costs of traveling and competing in the championship. Registration alone is $4,000 for the team, and travel and lodging costs total about $1,000 per student.

Ms. Carmack-Fayyaz said that anyone who would like to help send the team to St. Louis, either by sponsoring a student or making a donation, can reach out to Bridgehampton Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre at (631) 537-0271 ext. 1310, or lfavre@bridgehampton.k12.ny.us. “We’re really looking to the community for help,” Ms. Carmack-Fayyaz said.

Moving forward, Team Supreme will use the same game plan as in the Hofstra competition, as the contest’s theme, “Recycle Rush,” remains the same. Bridgehampton’s robot, a 6-foot-2-inch lean machine they call “Hugobot,” will have to strategically stack containers and recycle bins and fill them with “litter,” or pool noodles, to garner as many points as possible.

Junior Matt Hostetter, one of the team’s robot drivers, said the strategy in doing that successfully is simple: “You just have to practice. You just have to be there.”

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Who paid for the basketball team to go to all their competitions? Why isn't the district paying for this?
By metsfan2 (146), southampton on Apr 1, 15 2:07 PM
The community should be embrassed if they can't raise that money
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Apr 1, 15 7:30 PM
Have they been able to raise the money needed?
By metsfan2 (146), southampton on Apr 10, 15 2:42 PM
The team has a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/r8g8jh4. Very easy to make a donation. Took less than 2 min.
By bird (772), Southampton on Apr 10, 15 3:55 PM
I am aware of that, but have not seen many donations!
By metsfan2 (146), southampton on Apr 10, 15 3:57 PM
Agreed. So let's help get the word out. I've been railing for years that local schools don't offer these kind of opportunities. Now that the opportunity has arisen let's support these kids and get them to the show!!!
By bird (772), Southampton on Apr 10, 15 4:05 PM
I wonder if people donated directly to the school?
By metsfan2 (146), southampton on Apr 10, 15 4:07 PM
Good question. I hope Me Melillo will keep this story updated.
By bird (772), Southampton on Apr 10, 15 6:40 PM