The G.I. Frost Bots of 21st Century Charter School received the Rookie Inspiration Award earlier this month at the FIRST Robotics Boilermaker Regional at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Competing with 40 other teams from as far away as Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the assigned task of all robots in the competition was to accurately toss Frisbees for points into designated areas and climb a 7.5 ft. tower.

The Rookie Inspiration Award celebrates a rookie team for outstanding effort as a FIRST team in community outreach and recruiting students to engineering. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Lindie Jackson, team leader, said her team is not afraid of a technical challenge and proves that adversity can be overcome.

The G.I. Frost Bots team includes just two seniors, Vincent Pena, robotics vice president and Drive Team member who is a soon-to-be Ivy Tech Community College graduate headed to PU, and Jay’Ven Edmond, Construction Technology student at the Gary Career Center, Drive Team member and robotics president.

Other team members include Drive Team members Alex Wilson, Amaru Clark and De’Yon Burks, and Jontrell Anderson, Anthony Benion, Ryan Brown, James Smith, Ashandea Williams, Ashane Williams, led by Jackson and Leontae Gray, program assistant and mentor.