The Browning Robotics Club, comprised of four boys, competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) NYC Regional Qualifying event last weekend at host school Horace Mann. FTC is an international competition in which students grades 7-12 are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format (teaming up with other school teams). Our team nervously entered the competition as rookies, never having competed. Out of 23 teams in the competition, the Browning Robotics team advanced to the finals and nearly pulled off an upset against a much more experienced team alliance led by Mamaroneck High School.
In the finals, Browning formed an alliance with Holy Cross, pushing them up the "mountain" to pull off a match upset against Mamaroneck High School. While the team lost the next two matches, the exciting finals run taught the team much about preparation and hard work coming to fruition. I am confident this team will continue to work hard and show grytte when preparing for competition next year. We were one match win away from qualifying for the Regional FTC Competition, which is nearly unheard of for a Rookie team. Go Browning Robotics!