Penn Robotics is more than just an FRC team. Penn High School also houses and runs five FTC teams as well. Having the more experienced FRC team members mentor the amateur FTC teams creates a culture of growth and learning, ensuring sustainability for 135 as well as bettering our FIRST Tech Challenge program. On Saturday, January 20th, a few members of 135 volunteered their time to mentor the teams at their first competition this season.
Like any competition, this was not without its setbacks, but according to Michelle Kwok, a member of team 4600, “it was a fun experience and it gave us a lot of insight on how to improve in both technical and non-technical aspects.”
The Binary Bots, Team 4600, walked away from the competition with the 1st place Inspire Award. This prestigious award is given to the team that most embodies the core values of FIRST. In addition, team 4601, the Beta Bots, were nominated for the Motivate Award, an award that celebrates the team that embraces the culture of FIRST, spreading awareness throughout their community. Penn Robotics is fortunate to have such a rich foundation of knowledge and experiences that we can use not only on the field, but out in the community as well.
Written by: Grant Harrington, Mackenzie Richards, and Charlotte Chang