All-girls team wins robotics competition

Prototype G, 11306, a rookie, all-girls FIRST Tech Challenge team with students from WW-P middle schools and High School North, recently won the Think Award at the NJ FTC Southern League Tournament, a robotics competition for students in grades 7 – 12.

The Think Award is presented to a team for their creative solutions when facing engineering obstacles and noteworthy documentation in their engineering notebook.

Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams.

The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using JAVA. Teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Teams advance from local qualifying tournaments to state championship tournaments, before advancing to the World Championship Tournament, held each year in St. Louis, Mo.

They were also nominated for the prestigious Inspire Award and were the 4th seed alliance captain that day. The Inspire Award celebrates a team who embraces all aspects of the FIRST program and displays outstanding success while doing it.

Their double-qualification that day earned them a spot at the FIRST Tech Challenge New Jersey “Garden State Rumble” Championship on February 26th, 2017 where they will be competing against some of the top teams from in and around New Jersey.

Prototype G was also presented with the Connect Award at a recent Qualifier. The Connect Award is given to a team that expertly bridges the gap between the FIRST community, the business world, and their local STEM community.

The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire students to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, math, and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Robotics teams must meet a unique challenge each year by creating their own robot to compete with and against teams from around the world.

FTC team Prototype G 11306 consists of: Aparna Rajesh (team co-captain, lead of programming team, and lead of engineering notebook team), Sriya Bapatla (team co-captain, and lead of business team), Shreya Hegde (lead of build team), Renny Victoria (lead of Outreach team), Prital Joshi (lead of CAD team), Veepra Mishra, Shwetha Raju (lead of social media team), Aditi Gorthy, and Kavyasri Yakkala.
A huge thank you from the team to their mentors: Paula Jensen, Richard Jensen, Charles Swanson, Laura Gray, Jen Legaspi, and Manish Kumar. And thank you to their coaches Tara O’Shea and Pari Shaik.

Their sponsors for the season include: SES, YWCA Princeton, and AECOM.

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