JJHS Robotics Team Earns Multiple Awards at the Last Qualifying Tournament!

Posted by Amy Watkins on 4/6/2021

It is our pleasure to announce the success of our own John Jay High School FTC Team # 16700 JAYBOTS at the most recent tournament last weekend! The team earned multiple honors, as detailed below:
1st Place - Connect Award - Kudos to Mili Buguvu for explaining to judges in detail the interaction our team has had with GlobalFoundries engineers as well as the regular and sustained relationship our team members have had with Professors and students from the Engineering & Education Departments at SUNY New Paltz!
What is the Connect Award? 
"This judged award is given to the Team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts and recognizes that engaging their local STEM community plays an essential part in their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. The Team that wins the Connect Award actively seeks and recruits engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science, and technology. This Team has a clear Team plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals." Thank you to our volunteers for their help in this process.
3rd Place - Think Award - Congratulations to Darren Wang, Mili Buguvu, and Ashish Thomas for carefully detailing the obstacles that the team has faced over the season and how design changes have helped the team to overcome them; they summarized all this in our Engineering Portfolio, and Jared Yeung assisted in organizing the information.  Special Thanks to Matt Laverde for his exposition of all of it during the team interviews.
3rd Place - Collins Aerospace Innovate Award - Kudos to Darren Wang for his unique idea on a gripper that works in both directions, for manipulating both rings and wobble goals.  Special thanks to those that helped him build and redesign this assembly, namely Silvia Bilenky, Arnav Mishra, and Ashish Thomas.
Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work! In addition to the names above, thanks go to:
Anaya Pandya
Anish Anne
Dillon Anthony
Paul Finch
Robert Zhu
Samuel Thomas
Tyler Sammer
Please join us in congratulating these students and let them know how much our community appreciates their efforts.