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Barrington Team Captures Robotic Competition

The team had to complete a research project and build a robot that addresses the challenges of a natural disaster.

Team Overflow from Barrington Middle School. Credit: National Grid
Team Overflow from Barrington Middle School. Credit: National Grid

Team Overflow at Barrington Middle School won the annual FIRST LEGO League RI Robotics tournament last Saturday, Jan. 11, at Roger Williams University in Bristol. The team created an app that locates fire hydrants buried by a snowstorm.

Coached by Lisa McGartoll, the team of Sam Wholever, Andrew Cooke, Eliot Laidlaw, Theenash Kumar, Conor McGartoll, Riddhi Adhiya, and Kyle Villella won the overall competition, which had a theme of Nature’s Fury. Their LEGO robot also won the head-to-head robot competition. 

The tournament capped months of research into a project that addressed the challenges of rebuilding after a natural disaster.  Each member of the team won a $5,000 scholarship per year for four years from Roger Williams University.

Three other Barrington teams also competed: Tech No-Logic at the middle school; Flaming Ninja Cheezits, a neighborhood team, and The Woofers, another neighborhood team.

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