Philadelphia Qualifier Advancements (Week 4)

The second team that will be advancing to States is the captain of the winning alliance, Team 16941, Wrench Toast. This team ended up being in first place during the qualification matches which allowed them to become captain of alliance number one and eventually take first place in the end. Wrench Toast also won the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award as their minimal use of materials impressed the judges. Their team also managed to get second place in the Design Award.

Philadelphia Qualifier Advancements (Week 3)

The third team advancing is the second place Inspire Award winner. This award recognizes a team who exemplifies all of the goals of FTC and show enthusiasm. They also were second place for the Connect Award which recognizes a team which really helps their community. Finally they came in first place for the Motivate Award due to their promotion of STEM in the community.

Philadelphia Qualifier Advancements (Week 2)

The fourth team advancing from the Philadelphia Qualifier is the winning alliance first pick, the Robogriffins from Academy @ Palumbo High School. They were in second place at the end of the qualifying matches. Their win to loss record during the qua;ifying matches was 8 wins to 2 losses. In addition to being first pick, they were also 2nd place for the Think Award which recognizes the teams that exemplify the engineering design process.

Philadelphia Qualifier Advancements (Week 1)

The fifth team advancing from the Philadelphia Qualifier to States is the 3rd place winner of the Inspire Award, Team 9570, the Gear Girls from Carver HSES. The Inspire Award commemorates teams that promote FIRST in different communities while sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge. The teams that won this award did well in all Judging categories‒ the engineering notebook and performance on and off the playing field. Success was shown in working together to make the robot’s design. Congratulations, Gear Girls, for winning 3rd place of the Inspire Award!

Philadelphia FTC Qualifier 2019

This year’s Philadelphia FTC Qualifier and FLL Jr. Expo were a success! Last Saturday, February 8th, the events were hosted in Central High School’s gym. We had 33 teams participating, and around ⅔ of those teams were Coalition teams, but our teams ended up winning nearly all of the awards and all of the advancing teams are Coalition teams. 

In the following weeks we’ll be posting about the individual Coalition teams that won awards and are advancing to Pennsylvania State Championships.

RoboRumble 2019

At RoboRumble 2019, a number of high school robotics teams came to Central High School to compete. Throughout the event, teams utilized their skills, their teamwork, and worked hard to get the most out of their robots. By the end of the event, all teams gained valuable practice and got to show off the capabilities of their robots.

Teams Compete at Philadelphia Scrimmage

Fifteen high school robotics teams competed Saturday in the FIRST Tech Challenge Philadelphia Scrimmage in Central High School’s gym. The teams have been working since September to design and build robots to play this year’s space-themed game, Rover Ruckus. In addition to the robot, teams expand their communication and teamwork skills, keep an engineering notebook, and prepare presentations for a panel of judges.

The Ambassadors from Bodine High School watch a match at the Philadelphia Scrimmage. Photo Credit: Art Jiang

The scrimmage was hosted by the Central High School RoboLancers in partnership with the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition, Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics, and the School District of Philadelphia. A FIRST LEGO League tournament for 4th-8th graders was held simultaneously in the other half of the gym, bringing a total of 40 teams and 100 volunteers together for a full day of friendly competition.

View a recap video of the whole event.

The scrimmage winners RoboLancers Gold from Central High School and Divide by Zero, a homeschool team from Harleysville, PA. Philadelphia’s FIRST Tech Challenge teams will return to Central High School on Saturday January 12th for the Philadelphia Qualifying Tournament to see which teams will advance to the state championship in March.

RoboLancers Gold from Central High School, the winning alliance captain climbs aboard the Rover Ruckus Lander with their alliance partner Divide by Zero from Harleysville, PA. Photo credit: Art Jiang

Philadelphia Robotics Coalition Honored by the Phillies

Philadelphia Robotics Coalition Executive Director Michael Johnson and Director at Large Sean Gallagher were honored guests at the Phillies Charities Holiday Party on December 6th in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park. They were presented with the 2018 Community Hero Award and Grant, and had the opportunity to share their work with the other guests. And of course the Phillie Phanatic was on hand to join in the merriment.

Michael Johnson and Sean Gallagher meet the Phanatic at the Phillies Charities Holiday Party.

Philadelphia Robotics Coalition Named 2018 Community Hero by Phillies Charities, Inc.

The Philadelphia Phillies charity arm has named the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition a 2018 Community Hero and selected us to receive a $15,000 grant to further our robotics outreach work in Philadelphia.

The Phillies Press Office said “In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies’ major league and minor league communities. All of these community heroes will be honored for their charitable efforts on Thursday, December 6, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2018 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so that their community efforts could continue.”

View the complete list of 2018 honorees here.

The Phillie Phanatic and friends met the Central High School RoboLancers and their robot at the 2018 Widener Day.