TrashHackers robotics team from Forest Park Middle School participated in the Chicago Regional Tournament at Naperville North High School on Saturday, December 5th.  FLL is an international non-profit organization founded to inspire student interest and participation in STEM learning through real-world problem solving missions while building self-confidence, communication and leadership. Each year, students are presented with a new theme that has three components: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. 

This year’s theme was “Trash Trek.” For the research project component, the TrashHackers team came up with designing an app that would help to eliminate trash by providing users with information. Using the camera on their phone, the app can quickly scan an item before it heads to the trash. The app provides the user with video ideas for upcycling, and tells them if the item can be recycled or composted. The team also worked on creating a solution for chip bags that cannot be recycled. Students demonstrated the app in action during their presentation to judges. Teams are judged based on their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, competitive play, teamwork, sportsmanship, and sense of community.

Congratulations to the TrashHack team: Sakthi, Jaydon, Justin, Jonathan, Jalen and Eduardo.