Two FSR sponsored teams win highest awards

Our two FTC teams are heading to state championship events

At two different FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) qualifying competitions, MOE 365 and Rhyme Know Reason 8528 both earned the Inspire Award, the highest award given to an FTC team. This award is based on overall quality and accomplishments.

On November 21 in Marlton, NJ, MOE was also a member of the winning alliance in the field competition. The following week, on December 5 in Ambler, PA, Rhyme Know Reason was a member of the finalist alliance in the field competition. Inspire Award winners receive an automatic invitation to the next level of competition, in this case to the State Championships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in February.

You can see both teams compete in the Diamond State Championship in Dover, DE, on February 6, 2016.

We are proud of the team members and their mentors and invite you to come out and cheer for them… all FTC competitions are free and open to the public.

What is an Inspire Award?

This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FTC team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of designing and building a robot. (Taken from

FTC teams move ahead to Championship events

Congratulations to FSR’s two FTC teams! So far, both have done very well this season.

Our rookie team, Rhyme Know Reason, has earned two robotics awards over the past two weeks. On November 22, in Oxford, PA, they earned the Motivate Award. Last Saturday November 29, in Ambler, PA, they earned the Think Award for their excellent engineering notebook. With this award they earned the opportunity to compete at the PA State FTC Championship in late February. In addition, they will also be competing at the Diamond State Championship in Dover, DE, next January 31.

Their team, with lead mentor Dawn Dockter and several other mentors, has built a strong foundation of teamwork and engineering exploration.

Also at the Oxford event, our veteran FTC team, MOE 365, was Alliance captain for the winning alliance and they were awarded the Connect Award.

At the Ambler event,  MOE earned the Inspire Award, (top award) and was on the winning alliance of teams (with a team from Delaware’s Archmere Academy) in on-field competition. They have also earned a championship berth in Pennsylvania and in Delaware.

We wish them all the best as they move forward to FTC’s 2014 championship events.

FTC events are free and open to the public. For information about locations and times, click the links above.

You can read about the FTC game– Cascade Effect– and preview the video here.

Axalta FTC scholarship awarded

Congratulations to Noah Andrews, a member of MOE FTC, for his recent scholarship award from FSR sponsor Axalta Coating Systems. Read more about the scholarship presentation from Axalta’s newsroom here.


Noah Andrews and MOE FTC teammates  Photo from Axalta Coating Systems website

Noah Andrews and MOE FTC teammates
Photo from Axalta Coating Systems website