HHS Robotics Team Heading To World Championship

HHS Robotics Team Heading To World Championship
Posted on 04/12/2019
HHS Robotics Team Heading To World Championship

Congratulations to the Hicksville High School robotics team, the J-Birds, and their coach Catherine Temps on their advancement to the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, April 24-27. Hicksville recently competed at two School-Business Partnership of Long Island Inc. Long Island Regional FIRST competitions held at Hofstra University, taking first place in one and finishing fourth in the other.  

The J-Birds won the first-place award with their two alliance partners, Great Neck South High School and Tappan Zee High School. By defeating teams from the U.S. as well as international teams from Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Norway, Taiwan and Turkey, they qualified for the FIRST World Championship. In the second regional competition, the J-Birds advanced to the semifinals, placing fourth along with alliance teams from Mineola High School and Wheatley High School.

This year’s game, “Destination: Deep Space,” required alliances to maneuver their robots in a sandstorm with the task of placing polycarbonate hatch covers and orange rubber balls, or “cargo,” onto rockets and cargo ships. They were then required to return to their HAB platform (a self-contained habitat used by space crews) and climb onto it at the end of the match, all within a given time period.

“This team plays from the heart,” said Temps, who is a technology teacher as well as the robotics coach. “They put in a lot of hard work and focus on the given task every year. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished together.”

The drive team – driver Alexander Diaz, operator Nina Carlomusto, human player Alyssa Furman and technician Bryan Eichenauer – did a great job. They led the team to the J-Birds’ first victory in its 14-year history. Kudos as well to the scouters and all the students in the pit for their hard work throughout the two competitions.

Special thanks to Zebra Technologies, a Holtsville-based computer engineering company, for donating $5,000 to pay for the J-Birds’ entrance fee into the World Championship. Good luck, J-Birds!

You can view the J-Birds (#1468) and their alliance partners’ final championship match here: https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2019/NYLI/playoffs/20

robot in action