High School Robotics Team Heads to the World Championship
Congratulations to the HS Robotics Team for defending their title by winning the NYC Robotics Championship. In addition to taking first place in the robot game, the judges awarded them for Design and Programming and honored them the top overall award, the Inspire Award. 2018-19 is the third year in a row that Dalton has won on the field, but the first time that a New York City team has placed first in both the judged and on-field portions of the championship.
The High School Robotics Program is made up of five different teams. They compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge, an international robotics competition, where each team invents a new robot game. This year the students were required to design and build a robot that starts in a small space, extends to collect scoring elements, sorts them, and scores them in a central goal. The robots must also be light, as they must latch onto the goal and lift themselves off of the ground by the end of the match.
Four of the five Dalton teams participated in the NYC Championship, while the fifth team chose to compete in the NJ region. The competition started strong for all four teams, and by the end of the qualifying rounds, one of the teams (Quantum Mechanics) was ranked #1 overall. The playoff format requires the top teams to draft two partners to work with, and Quantum Mechanics chose Atomic Theory (the second highest ranked Dalton team) and the team from the Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn. Together, the teams went undefeated in the playoffs and won the competition. They are now preparing for the World Championship on April 24-27, where they will represent our school and the city of New York!
Story and photos provided by Sloan Warren, K-12 Engineering Chair