All-girls ‘Fruity Loops’ Robotics Team to compete in international championship
Fruity Loops, an all-girls robotics team made up of eight Francis Howell School District (FHSD) students from grades four to eight, are headed to a world championship robotics competition in Houston next month.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Larrabee and Assistant Coach Laura Larrabee, the Fruity Loops knocked out the competition at their local qualifier and won the First Place Champion’s Award and the First Place Robot Performance Award at the Missouri Championship. To win the First Place Champion’s Award, the Fruity Loops had to score the highest across four categories: robot games, robot design, core values and an innovation project.
Their innovation project is called the “Power Sleeve.” It uses an array of thermoelectric generators to produce electricity from body heat. This electricity is then used to wirelessly charge batteries of deep brain stimulators that treat movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
The group of girls is excited to travel and compete at an international level. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship event is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This competition helps prepare young people for the future.
At the FIRST World Championship, the students will compete against teams from more than 30 nations around the world. Last year, 3,225 teams, including more than 80,000 students and 25,000 mentors, attended the competition and built robots.
FHSD wishes these inspiring young innovators luck as they prepare for their upcoming international competition!
The Fruity Loops Robotics Team includes the following students:
Asher Larrabee (7th Grade student at Saeger Middle)
Avery Dersch (7th Grade student at Bryan Middle)
Kate Larrabee (8th Grade student at Saeger Middle)
Kore Vollmer (7th Grade student at Saeger Middle)
Olivia Johnson (7th Grade student at Bryan Middle)
Sarah Larrabee (4th Grade student at Warren Elementary)
Umaiza Chaudary (6th Grade student at Saeger Middle)
Vivian Conrad (8th Grade student at Saeger Middle)