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Chatham High School Robotics Teams Win Big

Fear the Gear and Chatham Cougars about to face off in the Finals of the "Early Bee" Meet at Bayonne High School
Chatham Cougars celebrating in front of the river at Bayonne High School
Emill Coto, Catarina DeMatos, Alex Lynch, Riley Feher, & Will Walrond, Matt Stasiukevicius, Paul Malatesta, Peter Dawson, Eric Tonno, Ted McCarthy, & Yuwen Zhang

This past Sunday Chatham High School’s Robotics Teams, the Chatham Cougars and Fear the Gear, attended their first robotics meet of the competition season at Bayonne High School. Adviced by one of Chatham High School’s Design and Technology teachers, PJulianna Ryan, both teams are competing in the FIRST Technology Challenge which runs until the World’s Championship in St. Louis, Missouri in April.

On Sunday, the teams not only had to pass their robots through hardware and software inspection, complete two judged presentations, but also compete in five matches before hopefully moving onto the semi-finals.  

The two Chatham teams started the day out early as alliance partners. This means they were strategically working together against two other teams hoping to score the most points with their robots. With seventeen teams in attendance, each team had the opportunity to work with a variety of different teams and gain valuable knowledge. Each Chatham team made adjustments to their robot as the day went on, only to find themselves competing against one another in the finals.

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Their hard work paid off. Fear the Gear, the veteran team, was nominated for the Innovate Award and finished on the First Place Alliance Team. Housed out of the Advanced Robotics class, Chatham Cougars, a brand new "rookie" team, finished on the Second Place Alliance Team and took home the Connect Award. "The team that wins the Connect Award aggressively seeks engineers and explores opportunities available in the world of engineering, science, and technology. This team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals."

We should all be very proud of their hard work so far and can expect big things from these two teams as the season continues! Although, the FTC World Championship are still months away, the teams have their eyes set on the finish line!


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