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Finding the Top Bot: High School Students (and Their Robots) Take the Prize at Tech Challenge [Slide Show]

Budding engineers put their bots head to head at this year's regional FIRST Tech Challenge championship in New York City

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WINNING ALLIANCE

Botley Crue from Midwood High School, reVolt from Pope John XXIII High School and Techno Chix from the group Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson [ left to right ] formed the winning alliance in the New York City FIRST Tech Challenge held March 13.....[ More ]

THE CROWD GOES MILD

FTC spectators at the Javitz Center wait patiently in between matches.....[ More ]

HEADIN' TO HOT 'LANTA

With their stellar performance in the New York City regional FTC tournament, reVolt from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., won the right to compete in April's world championship in Atlanta.....[ More ]

BOTIVATED

Devon Smith, Claire Diehl and Shannon Garvey [ left to right ] were part of the Techno Chix team representing Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in Pleasantville, N.Y. The team was part of the winning alliance on March 13 and won the New York City tournament's Motivate award, given to the team that best exemplifies the essence of FTC through team spirit and enthusiasm.....[ More ]

ALLIANCE BUILDING

The Livingston High School Lancers [ left ] discuss a potential elimination round alliance with RoboBoogie of Hewlett High School.....[ More ]

TEAM WORKING

Syosset High School from Syosset, N.Y., was part of an alliance that finished atop the tournament's Gotham Division.....[ More ]

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER PROGRAM

New York City's KIPP College Prep High School competed March 13 in the New York City regional FTC competition.....[ More ]

HUDDLING UP

Staten Island's Saint John's Lutheran Gearz@War team work together to prepare their bot for the next round.....[ More ]

QUICK FIX

Saint Clare's Bounty Hunters from Saint Clare's School in Staten Island tune up their bot before their next match. The Bounty Hunters won the tournament's Think award, given to the team that best chronicles their work during the design and building of their robot.....[ More ]

TROUBLESHOOTING

The B-BOTS from Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn analyze their robot's software prior to one of their matches. Team members include [ left to right ] Gabriel Santos, Doris Cadme, mentor Karl Abdelnor (seated), Mohammed Chowdhury, Roddy Russell (seated in front of the laptop), coach Imani Fischer and Janerra Allen.....[ More ]

EATING UP THE COMPETITION

The Hewlett High School team from Hewlett, N.Y., (aka RoboBoogie) gave their robot a bit of flair by using colored tie wraps as the bristles of a spinning brush to collect balls. RoboBoogie was part of an alliance that finished atop the tournament's Gotham Division.....[ More ]

CYBER INSPIRED

The Lancers from Livingston High School in New Jersey won the FTC's Inspire award, given to the team chosen by the judges for being a strong competitor on the field as well as a model of teamwork and "gracious professionalism," a tournament catchphrase that means the Lancers played hard while respecting their opponents and the competition itself.....[ More ]

FIELD OF PLAY

Four teams representing two alliances (one red, the other blue) faced off on each 13.7-square-meter playing surface. Teams scored points by having their robots shoot plastic balls into the goals located at the center of each square surface.....[ More ]

STRATEGIZING

Midwood High School Botley Crue teamed up with Overclocked Robots from Corning, N.Y., for their first FTC match of the day. Each round was played two on two, with teams forming alliances that required their robots to work together to defeat the opposing alliance.....[ More ]

PREPPING FOR THE FIRST ROUND

Dimitry Pinchuk, of the Botley Crue team from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, makes some last-minute adjustments to their robot before their first HotShot! match on March 13. Botley Crue was part of a three-team alliance that took first place in the New York City FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) championship and will be the first FTC team from New York City to compete in the world championship competition, held each April in Atlanta.....[ More ]

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