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STEM, Anyone? Xavier's The Place For You

STEM, Anyone? Xavier's The Place For You
STEM, Anyone? Xavier's The Place For You

Interested in STEM programs? Well, Xavier High School is the place for you.

Engineering Team: Recently the seven members of the Engineering Team who are competing in the Real World Design Challenge were chosen to compete in the national/international competition in Washington, D.C., on April 25.

Teacher Kelsey Doherty reports that the students "worked tirelessly throughout the fall months on the state competition. They had to research and design a package-delivery drone and write up a business and technical plan explaining their process. They finished in January. About a week ago we found out that we came in second at the state level and then got word that we were specially chosen to go to D.C. anyway in a wildcard slot. The boys are very surprised, and very excited."

Team members are Alex Pralea '20, Ryan Frier '21, Tim Rinaldi '20, Rithik Kurup '23, Zachary Dolan '21, Holden Whaley '21, and Eoin Wallace '21.

Robotics: In less than 10 years the Xavier robotics program has gone from sharing space in the basement to, in a way, taking over the world.

The FullMetal Falcons, Team 4557, has been competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) since 2013, winning multiple New England District awards and recognition at the FIRST Championships in Detroit in 2018, in which 15,000 students from around the world competed.

Now the Xavier robotics brand seemingly is everywhere:

  • In 2018 the FullMetal Kestrels were formed as part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. In 2019 the FullMetal Peregrines came to be, also competing in FIRST Tech Challenge. Xavier competed in an FTC competition Jan. 25, reaching the semifinals. Xavier then won its competition Feb. 8. The teams will now compete in the Connecticut FTC state competition Feb. 22 at Windsor High School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Xavier has a FIRST Lego League (FLL) middle school program that works on building its robot on Tuesdays and Thursday at the school.
  • Xavier has helped start 16 FLL junior teams for elementary school children. "It is meant as a platform for the kids to start in the STEM field and grow their learning and hopefully get interested in robotics and continue at the middle school level and then the FTC and finally FRC," said Revanth Yalamanchi '21. "Most of our teams are in Connecticut, in elementary schools, libraries, sometimes people's homes. Our students can teach the kids what to do or we can teach others to teach them." Xavier will host the Connecticut FLL Junior Expo March 15.
  • The school's reach doesn't stop at the state line. There is a team in Guatemala, one on the Mercy Ships around the coast of Africa. "And yesterday we got a response from a Xaverian school in Africa, and we will send them an FLL Junior kit so kids there can get started," Yalamanchi said.