Robotics Team Wins at UVA

Robotics Team Wins at UVA

— by Chatham Hall  | 

On Saturday, Dec. 17th Chatham Hall's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge robotics team 5086, the Tutu Turtles, competed in the Shenandoah Qualifier at the University of Virginia.  With help from their various game partners, the Turtles had an undefeated 9 game win streak for the day. Thanks to the excellent engineering of the robot and skilled piloting during competition, the Turtles excelled in picking up balls (particles) and shooting them in the goal (Vortex).  The robot was also able to lift the cap ball off of the floor, ensuring the Turtle victory in every competition.

In addition to outstanding game play, the Turtles have also worked together over the past year to promote STEM in the local community. For their efforts, the team received the prestigious Connect Award, which recognizes the team that most "aggressively seeks engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology".  Last spring, the team hosted a STEM experience at the Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC. In addition to hosting local events, Luna Zhu’17 gave a presentation of FIRST principles and an overview of the Chatham Hall robotics team to her former school in China. Mentor Dan Waters was recognized by the STEM-H conference as Teacher of the Year, and Mentor Molly Thomas presented a program to the state Air Force Association on FIRST and Chatham Hall.

The Turtles compete again on January 14, 2017 at the FTC North Central Qualifier in Orange, VA and will be at the state competition on February 25, 2017 at Virginia Episcopal School.