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Robotics Team 'The Antidote' Wins Motivate Finalist Award at FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship

Photo of the Antidote robotics team

The Antidote, FTC Team 14320, competed against 160 teams from the US and around the world. The four-day event held in Detroit at the Cobo Center was the culmination of the robotics season and brought together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. This event is one of the largest events in the world to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for students.

Nearly 700 robotics teams with over 15,000 students from 43 countries competed and exhibited their innovation skills in FIRST’s four programs, FRC, FTC, FLL, and FLL Jr.

Over four days of competition, the team presented to judges and played nine qualifying rounds. Although we had some tough matches against world-class teams, The Antidote still had an amazing performing robot that received a lot of attention from other teams due to its unique pivoting linear slide system.

When the qualification matches were over, they were ranked as follows:
- 58th out of 80 teams in their Edison division.
- 71st out of 160 in offensive power ranking between Edison and Ochoa divisions.

Of the 160 teams, only 5 teams receive a nomination for each judged award based on the team's off-field performance. The Antidote was one of the finalists for the Motivate Award.

The Motivate Award recognizes the team that "embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team. This judged award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit, and displayed enthusiasm. This is a team who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST."

Members of "The Antidote" are: freshmen Aditya Chittari, Varun Chitiveli, and Mann Arora, eighth-grader Shobhit Pradhan, and seventh-graders Pranav Chitiveli and Atman Singh.