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Tech Robotics Earns Think Award, Qualifies for States

On Saturday, January 20th Team #5339 competed in a qualifier event at Englewood High School in order to advance to the NJ State Championship. The team finished 15th in the qualifier. The team qualified for states by winning the "Think Award" at the qualifying event.

The "Think Award" is awarded to teams that meet the following requirements:

• Engineering Notebook must have an Engineering section that includes entries describing underlying science, mathematics, and game strategies.

• The Engineering Notebook must show that the Team has a clear understanding of the engineering design process, with pictures or drawings and details documenting all stages of Robot design.

• Notebook must recount the Team’s journey, experience and lessons learned throughout the season• Engineering Notebook must be organized and follow the formatting guidelines provided by FIRST and include a Summary Page.

The state championship is held on February 25th at West Windsor Plainsboro High School in Plainsboro, NJ.

FTC teams can earn an invitation to the State Championship by achieving points and/or winning awards at Meets and Qualifiers that are held throughout the year. High school robotics teams that have not already advanced to the State Tournament through a Meet or Qualifier will be competing in the Northwest NJ League Tournament on February 3rd. The State Championship is held on February 25th at West-Windsor-Plainsboro High School in Plainsboro Township, NJ.FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Students develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is programmed using software language, Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards.Warren Tech’s robotics Team #5339, known as the W.A.L.K.E.R.S (Wireless Alternative Lifeforms Keen on Exploration in Robotics Systems) consists of students enrolled within the Engineering program at Warren County Technical School.