BETHLEHEM, PA - The WHRHS Robotics Team 41, the RoboWarriors, had another outstanding performance this past weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at Lehigh University, making it to the quarterfinal round. 


This excellent showing, combined with their second place finish at the Mt. Olive District Event and first place at the Montgomery Event, earned them a trip to St. Louis for the National Championship April 27-30. 


Their overall ranking in the FIRST robotics Mid-Atlantic District is now 16th out of 122 teams.

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At the competition at Lehigh, Team 41 had a strong performance in their 12 qualifying matches with a very impressive 10 wins and 2 losses. 


Going into the playoff round, they were the 8th ranked team out of 60 at the competition. Being in the top 8 put them in a position to choose the other 2 teams that would form their 3 team alliance. They were, however, chosen by a higher ranked team in the top 8 and decided to accept that team’s offer to join them. Their alliance was defeated in the quarterfinals in 2 tough matches. 


But, the RoboWarriors ended the competition on a high note when they learned that their overall performance and ranking of 16thin the Mid-Atlantic Region had qualified them for the National Championship. 


The last time the RoboWarriors did well enough to qualify for Nationals was in 2008 where they made it to the quarterfinals.


The team did also go to the Nationals last year but were chosen based on a lottery system rather than by qualifying.


The National Championship is a huge event put on by the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) involving hundreds of robotics teams not only from the US but also worldwide. It runs for 4 days and is a celebration of student interest and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 


In addition to the team participants, there are representatives from colleges, universities, and organizations that make available FIRST Scholarships. 


In 2016, over $25 million in college scholarships are being made available to FIRST participants by nearly 200 scholarship providers. Representatives are also there from the numerous corporate sponsors including BAE Systems, NVIDIA, and SpaceX to name just a few.


The WHRHS robotics students, team advisors, and mentors deserve much credit for their hard work and dedication which has now earned them a spot in the National Competition. Best of luck to the RoboWarriors at the Nationals.