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March 5, 2013 > Topsy Turvy takes first in Tech Challenge

Topsy Turvy takes first in Tech Challenge

Submitted By FTC Team 5185

The 2012-2013 Northern California "Ring It Up" First Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship held February 24, 2013 at Newark Memorial High School, featured something new... competitors from Newark. Not only did the Newark "Topsy Turvy" team compete on their home turf for the first time, they won the coveted Winning Alliance at Nor Cal FTC Championship. Thirty-six qualifying teams out of eighty teams from all over Bay Area, Folsom, Santa Cruz, and Tuolumne competed in the Championship.

FTC Team 5185 Topsy Turvy members Ignatious Hoh, Mira Partha, and Victoria Yuan had been building their robot in "Iggy's" Newark garage for 18 weeks before qualifying at Jefferson High School, Daly City where they won the Inspire and Winning Alliance awards. Besides building their robot and competing in FTC, Topsy Turvy did a lot of community outreach promoting FLL, FTC, and STEM by demonstrating their robot at: Newark Library, elementary and middle schools and Robot Block Party, Stanford.

FTC is an exciting robotics competition designed for students from grades 7-12, typically ages 12-18. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

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