The Troy High School Robotics Team, aka “Troybotics,” competed at the Fifth Annual New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 15 – 18. They competed along with 33 other times from high schools in the Capital Region, New York State, Brazil and Canada.

The competition tests their skills in a unique way where science, technology, engineering and math are celebrated. Working with adult mentors, students had six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors, according to the organization.

“The students had a lot of fun and learned a lot,” said Troybotics coordinator Christopher Wolff. “One of the biggest things they learned was the power of teamwork, and what can happen if everyone tries their hardest to work together for a common goal. Since we are only losing three seniors this year, we are excited to come back with a core of juniors and sophomores to be even better next year.”

The following students participated:

Aiyana Gutierrez
A’livija Mullins-Richard
Steven Kataoka
Manny Lo
Jared Walpurgis
Sean Thornton
Kemal Pulungan
Alexander Borca-Tasciuc
Rufus Nguyen-McDowell
Alistair Kimball
David Walczyk
Grace Collins
Nabil Azhari
Nikita Padunin
Kai Akera
Mustafa Abdalla
Erik Madsen
Michael Collins
Emma Strang