WHRHS RoboWarriors secure 2nd place victory

Leanna Wellerding

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Watchung Hills Regional High School Team 41 RoboWarriors added a 2nd place ranking victory and an award for Excellence in Engineering to their long list of achievements, during the weekend of March 5th-6th. At the FMA District Bridgewater-Raritan Event, part of the international FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition, held at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, the team competed against 35 other teams from within the First Mid-Atlantic District in a series of qualifying matches. The team earned Rank 2 with a record of 13-4-1 and won the following awards:

  • District Event Finalist
  • Excellence in Engineering Award

This marks the teams 25th year and 52nd official event with FIRST®. The drive team and team captains Victor Johansson, Aaron Binstock, Mason DiGiorgio and Luka Hadzic, with the oversight of supervising teacher Peter Ponzio, led their team to near victory, with a one-point loss in the final round.

During the 2021-2022 robotics season, FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm:now going full speed ahead - teams have the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation. Under strict rules, with limited time and resources, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams use sophisticated technology to build and program industrial-sized robots to play a themed field game in an action-packed alliance format.

Beginning with the livestreamed season kickoff on January 8th, teams had just two months to engineer their remotely controlled computerized robotic vehicles, determine their strategy and train their drive team. Team 41 is composed of 40+ students, serving on sub-group committees of Programming, Mechanical, Electrical and Design.

The team will next compete in the FMA District Montgomery Event which will take place April 1-3 at Montgomery High School and hope to maintain good standing for the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship at Lehigh University on April 7-April 9, 2022.

Team sponsors include: Picatinny Arsenal/The Knotts Company/Nokia Bell Labs/Picut Manufacturing/Warren Lions Club/Intuitive Surgical/Thor Labs/P&R Fasteners Inc./Advent Industrial/Offaly Associates LLC/Advanced Circuits/Watchung Hills Education and Technology Foundation & Watchung Hills Regional High School

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