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Posted: 04/24/13

Members of the International Academy of Macomb "I AM Robot" team are: Front row from left, Mateo Segura, Justin Parus and Andrew Hoffer. Back row from left, Adam O'Donnell, Brendan Watson, Nathaniel Mei, Ryan Holland, Liz Wendell, Oana Vesa, Lucas Mitrak and Trevor Gross. Not pictured is Stefan Savoy.

(Photo courtesy of Judy Pritchett)

I AM team earns rookie
status, off to world games

      On Saturday, April 13, at the For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics State Competition at Eastern Michigan University, the I AM Robot team from the International Academy of Macomb won the Michigan Rookie All-Star Award.
       The award means the team is eligible to compete in the 2013 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. from April 24­27.
       "We knew the competition would be challenging and are very pleased with the outcome given the intense commitment to this project by our students, their parents, our teacher sponsor and our partners," said Principal Eric Sturm.
       Teacher sponsor is Dr. Janice Zryd (chemistry, physics and mathematics); partners are Triple Tool of Sterling Heights, The State Group of Macomb, JCPenney Company, the International Academy of Macomb (IAM) and the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD).
       In FIRST robotics, teams of high school students get six weeks to build a robot that can compete against others. This year's project required teams to build robots that can shoot discs into elevated goals and climb pyramids. The program is designed to foster a love of science and technology, and help students build their technological and collaborative skills.
       The IAM is the Consortium IB High School (supported by the MISD) servicing 500 students (grades ninth-12th) from throughout Macomb County. The members of the I AM Robot Rookie All-Star Team are:
       12th grade: Adam O'Donnell, South Lake, and Leonard Schroeder (German exchange student).
       11th grade: Andrew Hoffer, Warren Woods; Ryan Holland, Fraser; Nathaniel Mei, Warren Mott; Lucas Mitrak, L'Anse Creuse North; Justin Parus, Fraser; Oana Vesa, L'Anse Creuse North and Liz Wendell, Romeo.
       10th grade: Trevor Gross, Chippewa Valley; Stefan Savoy, Chippewa Valley and Mateo Segura, South Lake.
       Ninth grade: Brendan Watson, Chippewa Valley.

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