For immediate release: 27 March 2017
|Penn High School
|56100 Bittersweet Road Mishawaka, IN 46545||team135.org
Over the weekend, 36 students from Penn High School’s FIRST Robotics team traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete against 37 teams from the region. The team came home with the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics, the Chairman’s award – the award recognizes a team for being a model for other teams; through community outreach, inspiring engineering, helping other teams grow, and for conducting themselves with gracious professionalism. This award is earned over an extended period of time and is coveted by all teams throughout the world. Penn Robotics team 135’s robot made it to the semifinals before they were knocked out after leading their alliance into achieving the highest score in the state. Each alliance is made up of three teams who work together to complete the challenge. The scoring system has multiple intricate phases, each match is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long, and the robots are designed, built, and programmed by high school students.
Each student plays multiple roles on the team, the team is made up of both juniors and seniors, and the 2017 Penn Robotics team is made up of 36 students: Conrad Adams, Sam Battalio, Kayla Cole, Emma Clark, Chris Dell, Adam Dewey, Austin Finnessy, Kenny Ham, Cole Harding, Elizabeth Heisler, Mia Heisler, Chase Kidder, Aidan Palonis, Nathan Petrie, Frank Salek, Connor Swift, Blake Witchie, David W., Brandon Ziegert, Shino Antony, Thomas Blankenship, Maguire Burton, Drason Chow, Daniel Dautel, Italia Fields, Kait Kelsey, John Laatz, David Li, Eric McDonald, Alyssa McNarny, Mackenzie Richards, Parker Smithberger, Jack Wheet, Olivia Adam, Kelsey Anderson, Alex Simmons. Taking on their 20th year, Penn Robotics is lead by Jim Langfeldt and Evan White — the coordinators of this top-caliber FIRST Robotics team. Students work with professional mentors who help guide them along the engineering, business, and design process, while also helping them to establish best practices, gain a practical understanding of the machines, and to practice fabrication methods tailored to given constraints. The Penn Robotics mentors include: Dave Adam, Allison Adams, Holly Austin, Joe Bishop, Grant Carlile, Andy Edelbrock Tom Evans, Nancy Heisler Tom Leathers, Troy Stabelfeldt, Bob Stevenson, Robin Varmette, Andrew Whiteman, Bill Whiteman, and Don Zmudzinski.
To help the team by giving your time, they have many events to coordinate, connect with the community, and plan with community partners. To donate a full drill index, or even some fasteners for the robot, contact Penn Robotics at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (574) 254.2881. “Good luck and we’ll see you at the competition!”
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST®Robotics Competition (FRC®) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12;FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.