Two Suffern Robotics teams to advance to regionals

Team #7486

Suffern High School’s Megan Grosmark leads the members of Team #7486 through the hi-five line after accepting the Motivate Award.

The Suffern High School Robotics Team had a powerful showing on its home turf at the January 12 Lower Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Qualifier.

Competition was fierce (but gracious) among the 24 teams representing schools and organizations from across the region, as well as Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City. But in the end, Suffern teams earned nominations for four of six judged awards—and won two.

The Robo-Dwarves, Team #7486, heigh-hoed their way to the Motivate Award, which recognizes teams that exemplify the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. Team #7486 was also nominated for the PTC Design award, which celebrates robustness and “out of the box” thinking related to design.

Celeritas, Team #7450, scored big points with the judges for its innovative sweeper design, handmade cam wheels and complex programming which relied on translational trigonometry for protective controls. A contender for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and the Think Award, Celeritas ultimately garnered the PTC Design Award.

Two Suffern teams—Celeritas and The Doctors (Team #7488)—will advance to the Hudson Valley New York Regional FTC Championship at Pace University on February 16.