After ILITE celebrates its 10+ years history, The Haymarket Lifestyle reinterviewed the team. We were featured as FRC and FTC Team ILITE from Haymarket, Virginia. Quotes were pulled from our mentors and our students, and photos taken by our students were used.
"On a cold Saturday morning in early February, Battlefield High School’s gym and hallways filled with an assortment of drones, computers, 3D printers and even a humanoid robot, as Prince William residents, young and old, shared their high-tech secrets and achievements with one other and a stream of curious onlookers at the Haymaker STEM Expo in Haymarket."
"Many Prince William County schools have adopted robotics and Maker-related curriculum components, but none have produced more spectacular results than Battlefield High School in Haymarket."
ILITE Team 1885 mentor, Mr. Jesse Knight, Senior Consultant with Macedon Technologies, was also honoured at the Chesapeake District Championship with the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. The Woodie Flowers Finalist Award is presented to one adult mentor nominated by each team who inspires and leads students in the art and science of engineering design. Mr. Knight will attend the FIRST Championship as a team mentor and finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award. "Participating in FIRST, gives students hands-on engineering, problem-solving and technical expertise in an interactive environment and I am proud to represent the team with this award" said Mr. Knight, an eleven year veteran ILITE Team 1885 mentor.
"Twenty-two high school teams from Virginia, Maryland and DC gathered to compete in Recycle Rush, the 2015 First Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge. In the game of Recycle Rush, alliances of three robots driven by students work together to lift totes and recycling bins into tall stacks to earn points. "
Seated under the many winning banners of the highly decorated University of Maryland athletic program, the cheering teams, fans and families along with high-tech lighting, music and sophisticated videos created a competition atmosphere equal to any eagerly anticipated sporting event. "A high school experience with FIRST Robotics, teaches teamwork, communications, fundraising and more, its not just robots" said excited Battlefield High School senior and ILITE Team 1885 co-president, Justine Suegay.