Local Robotics Team Celebrates Success

The High School Robotics Team of Central Jersey, FIRST Robotics Team 747 Flight Crew, is celebrating their success after competing at two local district events in March. The team competed at the Springside-Chestnut Hill, PA, District Event on March 15-17, where they placed 4th overall and received the Creativity Award.

On March 29-31, they competed at the Montgomery, NJ District Event. After 11 qualification matches, the team sat in 1st place with a record of 11-1. Captaining the 1st Alliance, they selected Team 225, TechFire of York, PA, and Team 4653, Ironmen Robotics of Ramsey, NJ, to partner with them. The alliance battled hard through six elimination matches to be crowned the winners. In addition to winning their first blue banner Flight Crew 747 also received the Industrial Design Award! Sponsored by General Motors, this award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge and demonstrates sound technology development from start to finish.

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Their high performance at their district events qualified Flight Crew 747 for the District Championship at Lehigh University on April 4-6. The top 60 teams in the Mid-Atlantic District will compete this week to qualify for the World Championship in Detroit at the end of April. All are invited to the event as it is free and open to the public.

Flight Crew 747 is a community-based team based out of Middlesex that accepts students in 7th-12th grade from local towns. Their goal is to provide students who may not have access to the program with the opportunity to participate in FIRST. For more information about the team and their upcoming events, to become a sponsor, or for more information about joining the team, please email info@frc747.com, or visit www.frc747.com.