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Two Teams Will Head to Robotics World Championship in Detroit

NAHS Robotics Team Photo The New Albany High School FIRST Robotics team had an awesome weekend at the Buckeye Regional competition in Cleveland March 29-31!

The team brilliantly competed against 60 other teams from around the country. After 90 qualifying rounds of competition, our team was selected for an alliance with a team from Cleveland, Ohio (FIRST Team 120) and a team from Canadaigua, New York (FIRST Team 3003). In the play-off rounds, the team’s alliance won its quarterfinal round against the #2 seeded alliance after a sudden death match, won both of its matches against the 3rd seeded alliance in the semifinals, and lost in the Championship match.

More impressively, however, the team was awarded the FIRST Chairman's Award which focuses on the long term success and impact of the team! The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.

Winners of this prestigious award are invited to compete at the World Championship in Detroit, Michigan. The team will be practicing and further improving our robot for the next several weeks before the competition which is held April 24th-27th.



The team won two trophies, team medals and a banner that we can proudly display in our team pit at the competitions.

We congratulate Coach Doug Jones and the following students on their wonderful success!! Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers!

Seniors: Manasa Akella, Elbek Umarov & Samantha Bowman

Juniors: Ashka Dalal, Nate Heuman, Eric von Zastrow, Ajay Ganesh, Salman Elahi, Evan Waite, Brandon Willis, Rafael Piloto, Bridget Byrne and Syrga Zamirbekova

Sophmores: Aagam Dalal, Benjamin Williams, Joel Simon, Brandon Carr, Daniel Railic, Aditya Akula, Tawfiq Mohammed, Vikram Vadrevu, Raghav Ramachandiran, Adam Ihsan, Olivia Pollack, Cole Perry, Elijah Mansur and Muhammed Nihal Khaja

Freshmen: Henry Dennis, Sarah Martinez, Natalie Raytis, Oyon Amin, Emily Campbell and Bryce Olive


The Antidote Robotics team Our New Albany FTC Robotics Team is advancing to the FIRST World Championship in Detroit April 24 - 27 after receiving the Inspire Award at the FTC Ohio State Championship held on February 22 - 23 in Loveland, Ohio.

FTC Team 14320 goes by "The Antidote" and has freshmen Aditya Chittari, Varun Chitiveli, and Mann Arora, eighth-grader Shobhit Pradhan, and seventh-graders Pranav Chitiveli and Atman Singh.

This year's challenge is called Rover Ruckus. The space-themed game requires teams to score points by collecting minerals from the crater on the field and loading them into a lander. View the official challenge video!

After spending four months custom-building, designing, and programming our robot, The Antidote ranked 10th out of 36 teams in their qualifying matches. They earned the Motivate Award, Promote Award, and were finalists for the Think Award. The Antidote also earned 3rd place Inspire Award, given to teams that embody the "challenge" of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. This allowed The Antidote to receive an invitation to the FIRST World Championship in Detroit.

The World Championship is the culmination of the FTC Season for over 5,000 teams and 50,000 participants worldwide. Only 160 teams from across the world are invited to compete at the World Championship, which represents less than 5 percent of all registered FTC teams worldwide (to put that into perspective - 18 percent of NCAA Division 1 basketball teams make it into the NCAA tournament). It is quite an honor to make it to the World Championship!

Here's the description of the Inspire Award:
The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.

Here's the description of the Motivate Award:
Sparking others to embrace the culture of FIRST! This is given to teams who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.

Here's the description of the Promote Award:
The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Subject for 2018-2019 Season: “If every student participated in FIRST, the world would be…”
View their winning video here