The Mark Keppel High Zero Robatics Team is heading for tte Internatiional Zero Robatics Championships at the Massechusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston on January 11, thanks to the support of Mayor Stephen Lam and high scores during preliminary competitions this fall.
Lead by president Raymond Tran and vice president Mohamad Elmoussawai, the Keppel team defeated Russian, Italian, Romanian and many other Zero Robatics teams to prove their passion for this competition. The trip to Boston for club members is being funded by fund-raising and a grant from Monterey Park Mayor Stephen Lam, who dedicates his city council salary to deserving local projects.
Each year teams selected are challenged with a robatic control proplem. This year the challenge was centered around the collection of biological samples by drilling by robats aboard the Space Stateion. The Keppel team worked for months to write code to program and strategize for "Spheres" robots deigned by MIT students that currently reside in the International Space Station.
"We, the Mark Keppel team, and its two Alliance team partners, have not only achieved our highest Alliance ranking of Fourth (place) in its short history, we have also put Mark Keppel Schol on the global maap of outstanding STEM high schools worldwide," according to a statement prepaired by the team.
In addition to Tran and Elmoussawai, other team members include Caitlyn Yang, Leanna Chin, HolmanLau, Andrew HOme, Mattheiu Gol, Andrew Chan, Andrew Tong, Spencer Lin, Nichole Lee, Kristin Chang, Elly Huang, Zackary Norman and Angela Dong.