Krypton Cougars Take Second Place at First Regional Robotics
Tournament of the Season
The Krypton Cougars (FIRST Robotics Team #2539) traveled to Hatboro-Horsham
High School (Horsham, PA) outside of Philadelphia to compete in the season’s
first regional tournament. Battling
through technical issues to make it through the qualifying rounds, the team
made it to the finals, losing narrowly in the final tie-breaking match. “It was down to one second,” said teammate
Nolan Wilson, freshman at Hershey High School—“if our equipment would have
lasted one more second we would have won the entire tournament!” Robots were programmed to build ‘airships’
that would take flight after delivering gears to power the overhead helicopter-like
rotors, while avoiding fuel spills (flying whiffle balls) and opponent robotic blockades.
The team is led by Palmyra High School Seniors Henry Will
and Joe Boyer. “Robotics has taught me
a lot about leadership and working hard,” said Will. As of the official start of the season, on
January 4th, the team only had 6 weeks to design, build, program and
test the robot—working over 170 hours in that short time span.
The team also cast and shot a video entry for the Chairman’s
Award, based on its mentoring of two new FIRST Lego League Teams in Hershey. Several other awards were given this weekend,
including overall design and best business/entrepreneurship model. The team moves on to its second tournament on
March 18-19th. David Walker
is the team’s lead mentor and an electrical engineer of Benham, an
architecture, engineering, and designbuild firm. “I couldn’t do it without the tireless
efforts of our volunteer mentors and sponsors.” The team is sponsored by TE Connectivity, Comcast, Ames, The Hershey
Company, N.S. Johnson, Inc.
Interested students can find out more at the Krypton Cougars’
website (http://www.team2539.com/ ) or
the national (organization (http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc). “Every school should be able to participate
in robotics—it is an amazing and inspiring experience,” said Boyer.
A referee overlooks the FIRST Robotics Competition Finals on
March 5th 2017 at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, PA as Team
2539 (blue) blocks Team 341 (red) from a downfield advance.