BHS Robotics Team Wins Big

Bensalem High School’s Robotics Team, The Fightin’ Robotic Owls, com­pet­ed at the FIRST Robotics District Competition at Hatboro‐Horsham High School where they were event win­ners for the first time in team his­to­ry and took home two awards. Senior and Chief Engineer Justin Hawk says, “This has been an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence that I will nev­er for­get. It may have tak­en us five years, but it was worth the wait!”

The two awards the Owls took home were the Creativity Award spon­sored by Xerox and the Safety Award, spon­sored by Underwriters Laboratories.  The Creativity Award cel­e­brates cre­ativ­i­ty in design, use of com­po­nent, or strat­e­gy of play. They were giv­en this award for their idea of plac­ing the robot ver­ti­cal­ly to max­i­mize the amount of points their alliance could achieve. The Safety Award cel­e­brates the team that pro­gress­es beyond safe­ty fun­da­men­tals by using inno­v­a­tive ways to elim­i­nate or pro­tect against haz­ards. They were giv­en this award for con­sis­tent­ly demon­strat­ing excel­lence in safe­ty and for estab­lish­ing a safe­ty cul­ture with­in the STEM Lab at Bensalem High School and with­in the FIRST Mid‐Atlantic com­mu­ni­ty. “This year was an espe­cial­ly unique one for our team. The look of awe as we set our robot on its side, or when we showed our safe­ty app to the judges. It was a nice con­trast to our upset last year. I am so hap­py that I was able to help con­tribute to this team’s suc­cess,” says junior Ethan Whiting, the team’s Drive Coach and Lead Safety Engineer. 

While the Owls are still fly­ing high from the suc­cess of their first com­pe­ti­tion, they have already begun prepar­ing for their sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son which takes place at Bensalem High School, March 30th‐31st. Senior and Program Manager Katherine Matveykina says, “I am beyond proud of our team for all the progress we have made in this sea­son. Although this being our first year host­ing an event, the expec­ta­tion of mak­ing Bensalem proud is sure to boost our team’s con­fi­dence even more.” 

For more infor­ma­tion about the Bensalem District Event or to sign on as an event vol­un­teer or spon­sor, please vis­it http://team5401.org/fmaben/.