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Penn Robotics Team #135 Finishes strong at the FRC world Championship, ranking 8th in their division of 100 teams, and making it to division Quarter-Finals.
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(West Lafayette, IN - March 20-22, 2014) The twenty-six student team from Penn High School made history this past weekend by coming home with their second blue banner and sweeping both Indiana tournaments. Their performance sends them to the Worlds competition in St. Louis this April.
They came home with gold medallions, first place trophies, and the ever sought after blue banner this past weekend. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) has been labeled the “varsity sport for the mind” by combining the excitement of a sports competition with the rigors of engineering. Involvement with the team gives the students a truly hands on learning experience in STEM. All of which will serve the students well when they apply for college, when they pay for college, and when they apply for internships.
During the second week of competition the Penn Robotics team competed in the Crossroads Regional, hosted by Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. The team, their mentors, and two teachers traveled to Terre Haute, Indiana on March 5th for the three day competition. Along with forty-five other teams throughout the region, Penn Robotics played numerous practice matches, 10 qualifying matches, and all three finals matches. Qualifying matches determine the rankings of the competition field, then, the top eight choose their alliance partners; three teams make up one alliance. From there, the finals matches are played with a bracket system, and from there the best two out of three from each round moves on until there is a winner.
When students move on from being on a team, they take with them the skills it takes to be a successful thinker, leader, and team player. During the awards ceremony, the Chairman’s award, the Engineering Inspiration, and the Rookie All-star award are handed out last. The significance of these awards speaks to the impact teams have in their community. By prioritizing impact, FIRST cultivates what it calls “gracious professionalism” within each and every student.
The movement of FIRST Robotics is a true student-led activity, they are responsible for designing, building, and programing the robot, they are responsible for marketing and fundraising team initiatives, and they leverage their efforts to win awards at competitions throughout the world. This is the seventeenth season of representing the community in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team is being led by Penn technology teachers, Mr. Jim Langfeldt, and Mr. Grant Carlile.
Find out more at: http://www.youtube.com/user/PennBlackKnights135