The Dalton Robotics teams are having a banner season so far. The high school has five FIRST Tech Challenge teams that compete in a new robot game every year. This year the challenge is Indiana Jones themed and involves stacking large foam cubes in patterns to make pictographs, using color sensors and computer vision to find scoring elements, and carefully reaching out several feet to place a golden idol into a scoring zone.
Atomic Theory, our oldest robotics team, took first place at the Brooklyn Qualifier and won in the top judged category, the Inspire award.
Quantum Mechanics teamed up with Atomic Theory to win the Brooklyn Qualifier. They also won the Connect Award for helping improve the local engineering community, which included hosting a middle school robotics tournament at Dalton.
Standard Model was a member of the winning alliance at their NYC qualifier and won an award for excellence in design. They traveled to a competition in Pennsylvania where they won the design award a second time; the judges said that their robot was "logically designed, stemming from a plan that was anything but standard."
General Relativity was on the winning alliance at the Manhattan qualifier and won the top judged award, Inspire. Their engineering notebook has been shared with all of the NYC robotics teams by FIRST as an example of excellent engineering practice.
Uncertainty Principle, Dalton's newest team, took first place at the local Manhattan Qualifier. They also went on the road to play in qualifiers in New Jersey and Maryland and won both. They will travel to the Maryland Championship in February.
Overall, Dalton Robotics took first place in the competition and judged awards at all three qualifying tournaments in the NYC region, and all five teams have qualified to compete in the New York City Championship. They also won competitions in New Jersey and Maryland and will travel to the Maryland Championship in February.
If you want to see the robots in action, we will be competing in and hosting robotics qualifiers on February 17 and 18 at the 87th Street Athletics facility. The events are open for viewing, so please come cheer on all the teams!
Story and photos submitted by Charles Forster Stewert