Syosset Robotics Teams Host and Win Challenge

For the fourth consecutive year, Syosset High School hosted the FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament, an event that showcases student knowledge in engineering and robotics through game-style challenges in which robots compete. Once again, the hometown students gave the audience something to be proud of as two Syosset robotics teams partnered with another school to take the tournament’s top honor.              

Congratulations to Syosset robotics teams Elite and Syosset Sparks along with their alliance partner from Locust Valley High School on winning first place for robot performance among 27 teams participating in the event. The Syosset Syborgs, another team from the high school competing in the challenge, won the Motivate award. Just a few weeks earlier, Syosset Syborgs were the runner-up at a FIRST tournament at Center Moriches where they also took home the Inspire award, which recognizes “gracious professionalism,” teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate with judges regarding their experience and knowledge of the FIRST program.

As a result of these successes, Elite, Syosset Sparks and Syosset Syborgs have all advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship to be held at Smithtown High School West on February 11. Congratulations to all three teams as well as robotics advisers/teachers John Chae, Craig Mooers and Tom Morritt.  

The FIRST Tech Challenge – also referred to as “Sport for the Mind” – is an organized series of robotics competitions in which students participate by designing and building robots. FIRST robots are specifically engineered to complete a set or series of tasks in a specified amount of time. More than 70 Syosset High School students are involved in the program.                               

Best of luck to the teams moving forward in this year’s competition. Pictured are members of the teams with their robots.