Windham students rolling toward FIRST finals
Student Jake Mathews adjusts a gear on “Wingman,” one of the Windham Windup team’s robots, as teammates Carina Savukinus, Patrick Ronayne and Dhruv Patel look on. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Anne Browne, one of the team’s adult mentors, said the Windup ranked fourth out of 36 teams competing at UNH this month.“They went into the event with a fair amount of practice under their belt, and it showed,” Browne said. “Right off the bat the team gave a strong showing, winning the majority of their qualification matches.”
Coach Scott Kukshtel said the team continues to grow each year, noting that there were only 10 or so members in fall 2010, the start of its first season.
The Windham Windup has shown great progress since its inception. During its maiden season, the team won the Rookie All-Star Award. If they make it to St. Louis next month, it will be their third time competing at the international level.
On Friday afternoon, a group of teammates were hard at work on their latest robot, known affectionately as “Wingman.”
“It just looked really cool,” Cole said. “And I love it so far.”
“It’s given me the chance both to explore engineering and to be part of a team,” Megna said. “The difference here is we root for other teams as well as our own.”
“I like how it builds friendships,” said Salafia, who hopes to pursue an engineering degree after she finishes high school. “I also like that I never feel limited. You can do mechanical one day and electric another day.”
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