On Saturday, February 24, thirty-two of the best FTC teams in the state traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana to compete in the State Championships to earn a spot at the Super Regionals competition March 15 – 17th. Of the five FTC teams that operate out of Penn, two of them qualified to compete at the state level. Team 4600, the B1NARY B0TS, who were competing for the prestigious Inspire Award, and Team 6360, the Brazen Bots, who qualified based on stellar robot performance. Two members of team 135 attended the event, mentoring the two Penn FTC teams.
Team 4600 the B1NARY B0TS, won the renowned Connect Award at this competition, making them the only Penn team to ever win the Connect Award at the state level. Because of the critical mentoring of the FRC students this year, Penn FTC was able to have one of their best seasons since their first establishment in 2012. FIRST Robotics thrives off of mentorship and support from each of its divisions whether it is FLL Jr, FLL, FTC, or FRC, and from professional individuals currently in, or retired from real world engineering positions. Though neither team qualified for NSR, it was a great experience for everyone involved.
Written by: Mackenzie Richards and Joey Irvin