DE teams earn top honors at PA FTC event

Delaware robotics teams perform well at PA State Championship
Two First State Robotics teams, Rhyme Know Reason and MOE,  as well as another Delaware-based team,  Archmere High School’s Robauktics,  all accomplished great things at the Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship tournament held in York, PA, on February 28. The Robauktics had a great robot and driving team, earning a place in the Championship finals, while MOE not only competed in the event semi-finals but also won the Control award for outstanding programming and use of sensors. Rhyme Know Reason earned top honor at the 36-team FTC event receiving the Inspire Award for great overall success.
Coach Dawn Dockter of Rhyme Know Reason was also honored at the PA Championship when she won the Compass Award for her guidance and mentorship.
Rhyme Know Reason will next compete at the East SuperRegional tournament March 18-20, 2016, at Scranton, PA. There, 72 teams from Maine to Virginia will compete in the East Super-Regional vying for an opportunity to advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
PA Championship Inspire Award. 2015-16

FSR Team Rhyme Know Reason: 2015-16 PA Championship Inspire Award Winners


Axalta FTC scholarship awarded

Photo: Axalta

Axalta awards Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior and MOE robotics team member, the Axalta First State Robotics Scholarship. Left to right, Michael Mackay-Georgia’s father, Georgia Mackay and Axalta’s Lisa Miree-Luke. Photo: Axalta


Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior, was named 2016 recipient of Axalta’s First State Robotics Scholarship last week (February 6) at the 2016 Diamond State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship. Mackay was selected for her scholastic achievement, dedication and excellent contributions to the Miracles of Engineering (MOE) robotics team. She plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall to study engineering.

“Axalta is happy to support such a talented group of young men and women,” said Lisa Miree-Luke, Axalta’s Head of Corporate Affairs, North America.  “These bright minds are the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.  We are pleased to support the organization that helps these kids unleash their potential and encourage students to take advantage of life’s opportunities.”

FSR Board president, Peggy Vavalla, congratulated Georgia and praised her success. “It is exciting to see a young woman like her strive to become a leader in the engineering fields. In addition, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Axalta for their continued involvement. Their support helps us to bring programs like FTC to the Delaware community.”

Axalta’s sponsorship was recognized by a “thumbs-up” in Saturday, February 13, editorial in Delaware News Journal.