South River Robotics Team Took Multiple Awards at Competition
The Power Hawks Robotics FTC Club from South River High School attended the first “FIRST Robotics Competition” of the year on Saturday. The Maryland Championships event took place at Johns Hopkins APL in Laurel.
The teams that took home awards included:
- FIRST FTC Team 5178 Mech Hawks were picked by the second placed alliance and place second in the tournament and was given the Event Finalist Alliance award.
- FIRST FTC Team 3583 Jr. Power Hawks ended up as the Third place alliance leader and placed 3 over all in the tournament.
- FIRST FTC Team 3796 Talons won the Judges award for being an outstanding team.
Kathy Kelly, FIRST FTC coach for team 5178 Mech Hawks, was awarded the Compass award. This award is presented to the coach or team mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a team.
Learn more about the PowerHawks Robotics team by visiting them online.
South River’s varsity Robotics team will head to Baltimore for the Chesapeake Regional event, “Rebound Rumble.” Their robot has been designed, assembled and shipped off to the convention center in Baltimore where it is waiting for the team. Between now and then, the team can think of things to change and make tweaks to programming, but beyond that the robot is completely built.
If you’d like to check out FIRST Robotics, it is free admission; the event runs from March 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Stop by and say hi to the PowerHawks. They are Team 1111. They can tell you how they conceived of and built a robot that plays basketball—in six weeks (hint: many trips to Radio Shack were involved).
Editor’s Note: the dates for the Baltimore Event have been updated/corrected. They are Feb. 8-10. —MWS, 2/28.
FIRST Robotics competitions are the brainchild of Segway inventor Dean Kamen, who wanted a sports-like competition for kids in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He started in 1989 with just a few dozen clubs and today thousands participate. Kamen has said that FIRST is his proudest accomplishment.
Mitchelle Stephenson is the co-founding editor of the South River Source. Contact Mitchelle with your stories about good deeds in local schools!