Tappan Zee High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team, SO BOTZ (Team 6911) is headed to the 2019 FIRST World Championship in Detroit for the second consecutive year! The team emerged on the winning alliance at the SBPLI #1 Regionals at Hofstra at the end of a grueling, six days of back-to-back competition which began on Friday at the Hudson Valley Regional (HVR) Competition at Rockland Community College.
At HVR, SO BOTZ competed against 46 teams from six countries and earned the Pit Safety Award, thanks to Safety Officers Dan George and Maya Nair, and software subteam lead Olivia Steger was named a Dean’s List Award Finalist. The Dean’s List Award recognizes student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. Applicants are nominated by their teams and interviewed by judges at competition. Finalists are invited to attend a special luncheon with FIRST founder Dean Kamen in Detroit during the Championship.
SO BOTZ quickly gained attention at SBPLI as a skilled “defense bot”–a key role in successful game strategy for this year’s DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE competition. After finishing the qualifying matches ranked 17th, SO BOTZ was selected by the second-ranked team captain as an alliance partner for the playoff matches. The winning alliance–Team 1468 (J-Birds from Hicksville, NY), Team 2638 (Rebel Robots from Great Neck, NY) and Team 6911–was undefeated in the playoffs and clinched first place with two successive match wins. SO BOTZ nominated Design, Build & Software Co-Manager Alex Gottlieb for the Fred Breithut Award, which honors team MVPs.
SO BOTZ will travel to Detroit to compete in the 2019 FIRST World Championships, April 24-27. It is a return visit for Team 6911, who advanced to Worlds last year by winning the Rookie All-Star Award at SBPLI. Congratulations to SO BOTZ team members, mentors, and coaches Karen Connell, Barbara Murphy and Marc Eckert!