The Warwick Middle School Team T.A.C.A. (Total and Complete Amateurs), secured a place at the Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Finals, which will be held on Sun., Feb. 11 at Pace University.
During a tough day of coding, building and competing against other robots, the Warwick team was the only team of middle school students competing against 19 high school age teams at the FTC Qualification Tournament at Peekskill High School.
FTC is a FIRST Tech Challenge competition where teams in grades seven to 12 are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge. Guided by coaches, teams develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles like keeping an engineering notebook, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.
Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. The Warwick team members, Aiden Woods, Kalen Luraschi and Sawyer Masefield, won first place in the Connect Award category for connecting with the local community through the Farmers’ Market, and with the computing and engineering community here in Warwick by promoting their T.A.C.A. Team Brand.
They built, designed and coded their robot, working long hours after school and on the weekends. They are now ranked one of the top teams in the Hudson Valley Region. This is quite an accomplishment for a bunch of “amateurs.”
For more information and to contact with the team visit www.warwickrobotics.weebly.com/.