The High School Robotics Team of Central Jersey, FIRST Robotics Team 747 Flight Crew, is celebrating another success this week after competing in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship held at Lehigh University April 4-6. Just one week after winning the Montgomery District Event, Flight Crew 747 went on to win the District Championship!

Over the course of three days, the top 60 teams in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District competed in the tournament. Flight Crew 747 competed in 12 qualification matches, and floated in and out of the top 20 throughout the competition. By the end of qualification matches on Saturday, the team experienced an upswing and climbed from 9th to 5th place. As one of the top 8 teams, Flight Crew would have the opportunity to captain an alliance going into elimination rounds. However, the 2nd ranked team, Team 225 TechFire, Flight Crew’s alliance partner from the Montgomery District event, requested that Flight Crew join their alliance. After their successful run together the week before, Flight Crew gladly accepted; they were joined by Team 5401 Fightin’ Robotic Owls from Bensalem, PA. This alliance fought their way through six elimination matches to be crowned District Champions!

In addition to being crowned Champions, Flight Crew was presented with 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. The judges were impressed with Flight Crew’s efficiently designed machine and its consistent performance. They also noted how effective the team’s organization system and rigorous testing procedures contributed to their success.

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After winning the District Championship, the team is now ranked #2 overall in the Mid-Atlantic District, and considered one of the best defenders in the Northeast. Their win in Lehigh automatically qualified the team for the World Championship in Detroit, MI, in just two weeks! While there, they will represent the Mid-Atlantic District where they will compete with over 400 of the world’s best robots. The team members are raising funds to help cover their travel costs to Detroit. For information on how to support the team in this effort, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-flight-crew-747-get-to-world-championship.

The High School Robotics Team of Central Jersey is a community team based out of Middlesex that accepts students in 7th-12th grade from local towns. They currently have 19 students from 9 different schools. 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