Three robotics teams from Warwick competed at the FIRST (F for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament held on Sat., Jan. 12 in Peekskill, NY. The three teams that competed were Team T.A.C.A. Warwick Robotics Community Team, Matrix Rewired Community Team, and the Warwick Valley High School team.
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. A large group of enthusiastic supporters also traveled to participate in the competition. This was the third annual Peekskill Challenge and Qualifying match to send teams to the regional championships at Pace University.
Rover Ruckus is the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics game for the 2018-19 season. In the competition, two alliances, consisting of two teams each, compete using team-designed robots to collect ‘minerals’ and place them into the cargo holds of the lander. Each team plays five matches. In a match, there are red and blue alliances, both consisting of two teams. Alliances work together to earn more points.
Team T.A.C.A. (Total And Complete Amateurs), based at the Warwick Community Center, won first place and proved themselves against 18 other teams to captain the Winning Alliance in the final match. They also placed first in the Motivate Award category. The Motivate Award is given to a team that “embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team.”
This judged award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm. This is a team that makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.
Team T.A.C.A secured a place at the Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship to be held at Pace University on Sun., Feb 10. Members of this team are Thomas Magee (10th grade), Aiden Woods (ninth grade), Hunter Ludovicy (eighth grade), and seventh graders Kayla Ludovicy, Kahlan Fallon and Skylar Fogarty. Their focus and hard work paid off for the team.
This year, the two additional teams from Warwick made it to the semi-finals in which they participated in Alliance rounds – the Warwick Valley High School team and the Matrix Rewired Community Team. Matrix Rewired was the second runner up in the Design Award category. Both teams will compete in another qualifying tournament in Yonkers on Sat., Jan. 26 with the hope of moving on to the Championships.
The friendly rivalry between all the teams was evident throughout the matches and everyone was inspired by the quality of the robots and competition.