High schoolers show off tech skills at York robotics competition

January 23, 2013

More than 400 people packed the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York to watch 35 teams of middle and high school students compete in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) South Central Pennsylvania Regional Qualifier robotics tournament on Jan. 19. The alliance of CHS Cougars (Robot 4102) from Maplewood, N.J.; Landroids (Robot 4220) from Livingston, N.J.; and MASH (Robot 4077) from West Vincent, Pa., won the competition. Each team will move on to the state championship set for March 2 at Millersville University.

Landroids (Robot 4220) won the Inspire Award given by the FTC to the team that the judges feel truly embodies the challenge of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FTC team and serves as an inspiration to other teams, acting with gracious professionalism both on and off the playing field. This team understands how to communicate their experiences and knowledge to other teams, sponsors and the judges.

Other teams that will move on to the state championship are MOE (Robot 365) from Wilmington, Del.; Ratzo Robotics (Robot 6208) from York, Pa.; MFS Hawks (Robot 237) from Moorestown, N.J.; Silver Soldiers (Robot 4185) from North Coventry, Pa.; OZONE (Robot 61) from Oxford, Pa.; and Pro (Robot 5485) from Corning, N.Y.  For results from competitions in Pennsylvania, visit http://www.ftcpenn.org/.

To view photos from the awards ceremony, click here. To see photos from the daylong competition, click here.

  • Students manipulated robots to perform tasks during the 'Ring It Up' game at the First Tech Challenge South Central Qualifier on Jan. 19 at Penn State York.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated February 06, 2013