Two Upper School robotics teams won numerous awards at the FTC Reston at Centreville Qualifier.
The St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School robotics teams had a great time competing in the FTC Reston at Centreville Qualifier on January 26. Our teams Thunderstone and Iron Giants competed with nearly 50 other teams from the area in Clifton, Virginia. The day was packed with competitions, interviews, judging, scouting reports, helping other teams, collaboration, and fixing their robots! FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization founded in 1989.
During the competition, teams were judged based upon robot design, robot performance, an interview, strategy of play, functionality, efficiency and creativity of the robot design, and thoroughness of the engineering notebook. Team Thunderstone received the 1st place Innovate Award (given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to the field elements), 2nd place Think Award (given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season), 2nd place Control Award, 2nd place Design Award, and 3rd place Innovate Award. In addition, team Iron Giants won the 1st place Think Award. Both teams qualified for states and will complete on February 2 at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, Va.
SSSAS robotics team members meet several times a week and even some weekends to familiarize themselves with the parts, mechanisms, and motors and to prepare for challenges. They also compete in numerous competitions throughout the year.