Chairmans Award

Ballston Spa Robotics Team Headed to Global Championship

Chairmans Award

Members of the Ballston Spa FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3044 celebrate winning the Chairman’s Award at the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Tournament at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute./Photo provided

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa robotics team took home honors at state competition, earning a spot in an international tournament in St. Louis in April.

The Ballston Spa FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3044 recently earned the Chairman’s Award at the New York Tech Valley FIRST Robotics Tournament at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The team was also awarded the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories at the competition. Based on their awards, they now qualify to compete at the FIRST Robotics Global Championship competition in St. Louis, which will be held from Wednesday, April 26 to Saturday, April 29.  In addition, they competed in the inaugural Hudson Valley FIRST Robotics Tournament at Rockland Community College from March 24 to March 26.

The 2017 robotics challenge, called FIRST STEAMWORKS, harkens back to era in which technology relied on steam power. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight  by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The team with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

The district’s robotics initiative is possible based on the support from the Ballston Spa National Bank to fund $6,000 towards the team’s participation in the annual US FIRST Robotics competition. In addition, Bechtel has donated $10,000 this year to also help the team design and construct a robot, participate in competitions and continue to expand the Robotics initiatives to additional students in the district.

Additional information is available by contacting Ballston Spa K-12 science coordinator Diane Irwin at [email protected], or by calling the high school at (518) 884-7150.

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