The Dalton HS Robotics teams traveled to Brooklyn for two separate FIRST Tech Challenge tournaments to face off against 72 teams from around New York. The format of both tournaments was five rounds of randomly paired matches followed by an elimination tournament where the top teams were able to pick their partners.
On Saturday, Dalton team Atomic Theory went 5-0 through the preliminary matches, due in large part to their custom sensor system that tracked the robot’s position on the field and made the robot practically drive itself. They partnered up in the playoffs with Dalton team Quantum Mechanics to go undefeated in the playoffs and win the day. Quantum Mechanics also won the top design award for their custom laser-cut shielding while Atomic Theory took home the top programming award.
Dalton also fielded two teams on Sunday, Standard Model and Natural Selection. Both teams did well in the qualifying rounds, with Standard Model ending up 4-1 and Natural Selection going 5-0. For the finals, Natural Selection joined forces with teams from the Browning School and YUHSB, while Standard Model partnered with Horace Mann and Forest Hills. Both teams won the semifinals and met in the finals, where Standard Model's alliance won the first match and Natural Selection's alliance took the second and third.
Congratulations to all of our teams, and best of luck at the Queens and Bronx tournaments in January!
Story submitted by K-12 Engineering Department Chair Sloan Warren