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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 ( ) or the national (organization (  “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.