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


Diamond State FTC crowns champions

An alliance of high school students lead by the Bo-bots from Bohemia Manor High School of Chesapeake City, MD, took the win in on-field competition last Saturday, February 6,  at Delaware’s FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) Championship event at DSU in Dover.

Both FSR teams– MOE and Rhyme Know Reason— advanced to semi-final rounds, with RKR also taking the Think Award for their outstanding engineering notebook.

In addition, MOE student, Georgia Mackay was awarded the Axalta Scholarship and Emma Onstad of Rhyme Know Reason was one of two students in Delaware to be named finalists for the Dean’s List award, which will be awarded at the FTC World Championships in April.

For more, see Dover Post here.

Congratulations to all!

What is the Dean’s List Award?

(from FIRST website)

Criteria for selection of the FIRST Dean’s List shall include, but not be limited to a student’s:

  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST;
  • Interest in and passion for a long term commitment to FIRST and its ideals;
  • Overall individual contribution to their Team;
  • Technical expertise and passion;
  • Entrepreneurship and creativity;
  • Ability to motivate and lead fellow Team members; and
  • Ability to effectively increase awareness of FIRST in their school and community.

Display at local library highlights FTC robotics

This month at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington, DE, you can see a display put together by FTC Team 8528 that promotes FIRST, First State Robotics, and FIRST Tech Challenge. Students from Rhyme Know Reason wanted an effective way to show their community the fun, unique culture of FIRST. They pulled together trophies, their Engineering Notebook, and a poster from the 2014-2015 season to give those unfamiliar with FTC an idea of what they do as a robotics team.

In order to show the unique culture of FIRST, the team also chose to display buttons collected from teams all over the world. Trading buttons is a huge part of FTC events. Designing and distributing buttons gives teams a chance to express their team identity and get their name out to advertise their team. Some teams use buttons as a way to promote a special project or event. Most buttons are two-inch diameter metal pins covered in paper, but some teams make buttons out of laser-cut wood or even 3D-printed parts.

The display will be up through the month of January. Rhyme Know Reason thanks the Brandywine Hundred Library for giving them this opportunity.

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