Student Engineers are No. 1

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Two Riverhead High School groups out-engineered teams from across Long Island at the Next Generation STEAM competition, hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum on May 23.

One team, made up of students Erick Behr, Kyler Driscoll, Brandon Esobar, Alae Mohammad and Yash Patel, earned first place in the robotics category. Leading up to the competition, the team, advised by teacher Luke Ferland, designed and constructed a robot to complete tasks based on a theme of space exploration using a robotics kit called SnappyXO.  

“The students had to quickly become proficient in a robotics platform that they were previously unfamiliar with which added to the excitement and scholastic value of the competition,” said Ferland. “I couldn’t be more proud of the Riverhead Robotics students continued efforts and success.” 

The other team, comprised of students Julia Babicz, Ailie Kinnier, Abigail Morreale and Lesli Maldonado Velasquez, garnered the second-place trophy in the makerspace category. The team, advised by Brian Cunningham, was tasked with designing a project that addresses a problem related to space exploration using everyday recycled materials.