On Sunday, January 14, 2017, the SAS High School robotics team attended the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition Regional Championship at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in Utica, NY. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The nonprofit public charity inspires young people to become innovative science and technology leaders by engaging in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills. In turn, those skills help to build self-confidence and foster communication and leadership skills.
Six members of the SAS Atoms robotics team attended the competition. The team won 4 out of 5 of their matches earning 7th place overall. However, the competition was stiff and the team was unable to make it into the semifinal matches. Ultimately, the robotics team had a great time but unfortunately, they were not able to qualify for the East coast super regionals. The team says they hope to move to the next stage in the competition next year in the 2018-19 FTC season.
Congratulations to the entire SAS Atoms team. Led by Mr. Zengin and Mr. Altindis, the team includes the following students: Lalita Dahal, Umesh Dahal, Karl Russo, Jade Regner, Brenden Reilly, Joseph Capra, Huda Ali, Zakaria Ali, Abdullah Cetin, Ali Barbour, Tahirah Abdul-Qadir, Michael Scheer and Benjamin Cameron.