On April 5, 2019, The Browning School robotics team attended their first FRC competition. FRC is a robotics competition for high school students from all over the world. Our students were able to witness teams from England, China and Turkey compete in this fast-paced robotics challenge. This competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game.
Recently the inaugural Lower and Middle School Robotics team took the tram to Roosevelt Island to visit the Cornell Tech campus. Why take this group of boys to visit New York City’s newest urban campus? Opened in Fall 2017, the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is located in Browning’s backyard. It is, itself, a model for innovation that inspires and keeps our high aspirations on track. Mr. Harp’s team was hosted by Citi’s Tech Innovation Department located within the Tata Innovation Center.
The Robotics team "Ultro" attended the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Dalton on Saturday. After a solid 5 rounds of robot competition, the team made it to the elimination rounds, in which they confidently won the first 2 matches in a best of 3 moving them into the finals of the event. 27 teams entered the tournament and Browning was one of 6 teams to make the finals.
While we were not victorious in the finals, ultimately losing to a very strong Dalton squad, due to good fortune with qualification rules (90 page rulebook) and our quality performance during the day we slipped in as the last team to qualify for the NYC Regional next weekend at Townsend Harris High School in Queens. This is a HUGE milestone for this team and a prominent goal for this season.
Coach Ting was in attendance and will take over as lead coach next week in the regionals as I am unable to attend. This week the team will be increasing the mass of the flywheel to shoot the whiffle balls a greater distance. Adding the Science Department leadership is key in the continued teams success. Go STEM!