Exciting things are happening with the Robotics League at Hinsdale Adventist Academy. Several years ago, Hinsdale Adventist Academy was able to establish the school’s first Lego Robotics team, but last year, the team experienced a surge of exciting progress.
Led by a volunteer, Pastor David Kokiong, and aided by devoted parent helpers, the Hinsdale Hydrostorm team focused on the assigned topic of hydrodynamics, the judicious use of water. One thing that the Adventist Robotics League emphasizes is that all ideas and work must be done by the students. Our students focused on the sulfurous smell of the water at Camp Akita. They researched and determined that a solar panel would help filter the hydrogen sulfate. The students experienced real-life results of their plan when they did presentations at the conference office and were put into contact with the conference’s water studies and a team at Andrews University to explore actually putting a plan into action.
The team traveled to the annual Adventist Robotics League competition, held last year at Southern Adventist University. The competition involves teams presenting their projects, demonstrating how their team follows core values such as teamwork and inclusion, and competing against other teams in robotics mission. Aided by their strong project and good core values, the Hinsdale team were thrilled to qualify for the national finals in Florida, where they placed 5th nationally. They returned to many people excited and thrilled for their achievement, and more students eager to join. This year the team has experienced a wonderful growth of 19 students, causing the need for two teams, the Warriors of Orion, and the Shooting Stars. Hinsdale Adventist Academy looks forward to seeing what they will create this year!
~ Mabel Noverola.