RoboRUMBLE, the annual FTC off-season event for Philadelphia area teams, was huge success! This event was sponsored by the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition and the Central High School RoboLancers. During this event, 13 Philadelphia teams participated in FIRST Relic Recovery at Central High School, located in Philadelphia, PA. While photographing this event, I was able to witness first hand the excitement and competitiveness of these wonderful teams. It was interesting seeing all of the different ideas develop into 13 individual robots. During this event, the Student Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition was introduced. This committee serves to include a diversity of ideas and opinions from students all across Philadelphia. Students will be able to connect with business leaders, mentors, government, and be a part of the decision making process of the non-profit organization.
Additionally, we were able to give numerous awards to deserving teams, dedicated coaches and special volunteers. Thank you to all the teams and volunteers that participated!
On January 20, 2018, the RoboLancers hosted the Philadelphia FTC Qualifier at Central High School. It was a fantastic event with 25 teams from the Philadelphia area attending and competing in Relic Recovery over the span of the 8 hour event. Many of the teams funded by the Coalition participated in the event, such as 8730 Robogriffins, 13240 Swenson Robotics, 6552 N.E.R.D.S., and 5514 Parkway Robohounds. The winning alliance included 8730 Robogriffins, 6540 Lincoln1, and 5320 RoboLancers Gold. Although these three won the event, many other teams walked out with rewards for their endeavors, such as the Inspire Award, Connect Award, and Judge’s Award, won by 8480 Technobots, 6552 N.E.R.D.S., and 10002 Herculean Dynamite respectively. All of the Coalition funded teams performed well at the event, from winning awards to being on the winning alliance, showing just how much hard work and dedication these teams put into FIRST. Overall, the FTC Philadelphia Qualifier was an exciting event that highlighted the capabilities of Philadelphia’s robotics teams.
The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is excited to announce the teams receiving grants for 2017-2018. These grants are given to teams serving Philadelphia high school students as part of our mission to bring robotics programming every public high school in Philadelphia. We look forward to working with these teams throughout the year:
- Academy At Palumbo
- Edison High School
- Frankford High School
- Franklin Learning Center
- Hill-Freedman World Academy
- Lincoln High School
- Northeast High School
- Parkway Center City High School
- Philadelphia High School for Girls
- Project HOME After School Program
- Swenson Arts & Technology High School
- The Workshop School