High School Robotics Team Wins Spot in Finals at the NY Tech Valley Regional

By Anna Norris

High School Robotics Team Wins Spot in Finals at the NY Tech Valley Regional

March 18, 2014 Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM EDT

Troy, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Chenango County FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team joined 37 other teams (national and international) in the New York Tech Valley Regional Competition in Troy on March 14 and 15 to compete in this year’s challenge, “AERIAL ASSIST™”.

By the close of the two-day event, Team 145 had secured a place as a Regional finalist, but lost in the end to the #1 ranked team in the best of two out of three matches. According to Team Leader, Dave Sheldon, the matches were very close all the way to the end.

Team 145 was also excited to be presented with the Engineering Excellence Award for the robot design and its flawless operation throughout the event. This award is given to only one team at each regional and is high praise from the panel of judges.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to design, conceptualize, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition each year.

The students from Norwich and Sherburne-Earlville Schools agreed that watching their robot, named “Terror,” outsmart most other robots in the competition was worth the 2,500 hours of work that was put into creating it.

“It's the most terrifying, stressful, and rewarding fun anyone will ever encounter!” said Team Captain Andrew Biviano.

For more information on FIRST, visit the team website, Team T-Rx Facebook page, or the FIRST site.