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Syosset Students Build Robots & Compete in Annual FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier

Team Radical Robots from the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County – robot hanging from a bar – a challenge requirement – during the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier at Syosset High School on Saturday, March 1.
Team Radical Robots from the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County – robot hanging from a bar – a challenge requirement – during the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier at Syosset High School on Saturday, March 1.

Syosset High School was crawling with robots on Saturday, March 1st as more than 20 teams of 200+ local students, grades 7-12, competed in a day of head-to-head challenges with their robotic creations for the qualifying round of the annual Long Island FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier. Teams were responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. This year’s FTC challenge theme is ‘FTC BLOCK PARTY!sm’, in which teams build and program robots to place plastic blocks onto pendulum goals. The following teams will advance to the NYC/Long Island FTC Championship at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn this coming Saturday, March 8th:

 #6438 – Syborgs from Syosset High School (host team)

#4183 – Icebreakers from Nassau County Girl Scouts

#123 – Vanguard from Syosset High School

#8073 – Quantum Chaos from Rocky Point High School 

#3981 – Gold Griffins from Jamaica College

#6942 – Pandemonium from West Babylon Schools

#7035 – Radical Robots from the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County

 The event was part of a larger effort by NYC FIRST to introduce middle and high school students to the thrill of hands-on robotics, research, teamwork and inquiry-based problem solving, in order to spark a lifelong passion for science and technology. FTC is one of four robotics programs offered by NYC FIRST, the local nonprofit affiliate of FIRST® – an international nonprofit that inspires students to get involved in science and technology and prepare them for jobs of the future. 

Christopher DiFilippo March 05, 2014 at 08:24 AM
The Robot Challenge was well represented by Syosset and other Schools. The variety of different Robots and techniques was truly exciting to watch. Much time, thought, dedication and energy went into the teams building them. They all did a great job. One Robot hung from the overhead bar, I understand that got major bonus points. A great event and it was I understand Syosset School District first time hosting the FTC event. The students and staff did a great job, I was very impressed.

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