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Two R. Roger Rowe robotics teams in Rancho Santa Fe advance to championships

Solar Cyclers and Pi from left to right front row: Jake Malter, Brandon Powell, David Scuba, JT Young; back row: Samantha Mellott, Jack Pollin, Kanvar Soin, Stephen Marren, Dylan Powell, Malcolm McDonough, Max Bregman, Brandon Shen (missing Pierce Rosenblatt, Mira Gowda, Cooper Vincik, Zach Fitzpat
Solar Cyclers and Pi from left to right front row: Jake Malter, Brandon Powell, David Scuba, JT Young; back row: Samantha Mellott, Jack Pollin, Kanvar Soin, Stephen Marren, Dylan Powell, Malcolm McDonough, Max Bregman, Brandon Shen (missing Pierce Rosenblatt, Mira Gowda, Cooper Vincik, Zach Fitzpatrick, Helen Law). Courtesy photo

Two R. Roger Rowe Robotics teams advanced in the Escondido Charter High School First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament recently and will represent Rancho Santa Fe at the Southern California Championships at Legoland Dec. 6.

Five teams consisting of 33 students competed, with Team RSF Pi earning second place in Core Values by demonstrating that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

Team RSF Solar Cyclers, formerly known as the MazeRunners, earned the championship position for the second year in a row, taking overall second place in the robotics competition. They excelled in the project portion of the competition by developing a solar-powered phone charger manufactured from discarded solar landscape lights, which they then donated to the homeless.

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The First League has recognized R. Roger Rowe Robotics Program as having the highest density of student participation in the robotics league than any other public school in the nation. In 2014-2015, 32.8 percent of the school population participated in the 1st-8th grade robotics program.


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