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Latin School of Chicago Magazine Spring 2014

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11 L AT I N S C H O O L O F C H I C A G O Latin's 3-year-old robotics team exceeded all expectations again this year winning the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Illinois State Championship in February and then going on to qualify and compete in the FTC World Championship this spring. As one of the smaller, less experienced programs among the 128 teams that qualified for the world championship – including some from as far away as Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands – Latin's Animatores Romani had an exciting first run at the event, ultimately placing 44th in their division of 64. Each season, the robotics team designs, builds and programs a robot that is expected to perform specific tasks during competition. Students commit countless hours to designing and building a reliable machine and practicing on a test course they assemble. is year, competing as part of an alliance of teams, Latin took on the top 32 Illinois teams to finish as part of the first-place alliance at the state competition. e team went on to face off against top teams from 11 other states at the FTC North Super Regional Championship and qualified for the world championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in April. Robotics Takes the World Stage On Friday, April 25, the lower school opened its doors to nearly 500 grandparents and friends for Grandpals Day. Our special guests came from near and far, making it a memorable and joyous day for all involved. Grandpals Day 2014

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