Jamaica College Robotics Team Wins FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Championship Connect Award



Jamaica College Old Boys Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) hosted a 16 man Jamaica College FTC team, which competed in the NYC Regionals 16-27 February. The 2 teams performed valiantly with both qualifying for the NYC Championship held on the 26 February at Townsend Harris High School.

The Jamaica College Robotics Team won the 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

Championship Connect Award this week. Overall the team won four trophies in 3 different competitions... 2 qualifiers the first weekend Saturday, 2/18 & Sun 2/19...plus the NYC Championship on Sunday 2/26. Note that each competition has the same named awards:

1st QUALIFIER 2/18 -- Dalton School

  • Motivate Award -- Team 3981 (Senior team)

  • Connect Award -- Team 6899 (Junior team)

  • (Team 6899 qualified for NYC Champs)

2nd QUALIFIER 2/19 -- Dalton School

  • Connect Award -- Team 3981

  • Inspire Award 3rd place -- Team 3981

  • (Note that the Inspire Award is the overall top prize and the reason Team 3981 qualified for NYC Champs)

NYC Championship 2/26 -- Townsend Harris HS

  • Connect Award -- Team 3981

  • (Note that Team 6899 was withdrawn from this event due to insufficient parts to support 2 units + a few boys being unwell)

In 2016, the 25th year of competition, 3128 teams with roughly 75,000 students and 19,000 mentors from 24 countries built robots. They competed in 53 Regional Competitions, 65 District Qualifying Competitions, and 8 District Championships. 600 teams won slots to attend the FIRST Championship, where they competed in a tournament. In addition to on-field competition, teams and team members competed for awards recognizing entrepreneurship, creativity, engineering, industrial design, safety, controls, media, quality, and exemplifying the core values of the program.

Established in 2009 by the JCOBA-NY, the Jamaica College Robotics Club aims to inspire the young men and stir their interest in the field of technology, from as young as 1st form (7th grade). The young men on the JC Robotics team have to potential to become Jamaica’s future engineers, scientists and computer programmers. The Jamaica College Robotics Team is supported by corporate sponsors, the school’s alumni associations and donations.