The McQuaid FTC Team, The Fire Senders, won the Judges Award at the Finger Lake First Technical Challenge Qualifying tournament Dec. 15 at Saint John Fisher College.
The team’s robot ranked in the top 5 for most of the tournament. However, two late round losses pushed them out of the running to qualify for the New York State Championships.
The Judges Award was given to the team in recognition of their enthusiasm and hard work in building a very capable robot. They did this in about one-third of the time utilized by their competitors. The judges also commented on the team members’ youthfulness. The team is composed predominately of middle school students: Mark Atalla, William Foggett, Brendan Keller, Korben Parent and Dylan Stagles-Reyome. Seniors Jonathan Abbott, Michael Bowen and Joey Lynch offered their experience and guidance.
FIRST Tech Challenge teams — up to 15 team members, grades seven through 12 — are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
McQuaid Jesuit sponsors three “competitive” FIRST Robotics teams: FIRST “IgKnighters” Robotics, high school; FIRST Tech, grades seven through 12; and FIRST Lego, middle school.