BHS Robotics Team Qualifies for Nationals

Bensalem High School’s Robotics Team, The Fightin’ Robotic Owls, com­pet­ed at the FIRST Robotics Mid‐Atlantic District Championship at Lehigh University where they fin­ished 5th out of 128 teams and qual­i­fied for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Says sopho­more and Drive Team Member Daniel Pasquella, “Being picked by 225 (Tech Fire), and hav­ing 747 (Flight Crew) on our alliance was one of the best expe­ri­ences I’ve had. Both teams were incred­i­ble and just amaz­ing. I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter alliance to win the cham­pi­onship with!” 

The Owls, who were ranked 41st in the Mid‐Atlantic Region, were excit­ed to qual­i­fy for District Championships at Lehigh University but knew they would be fac­ing some fierce com­pe­ti­tion, going up against some of the top teams in the region. After their first few match­es, they were in 5th place, but quick­ly dropped to 29th place due tech­ni­cal prob­lems with their robot, “There was some elec­tri­cal prob­lems with the robot short­ing out on the field,” says Maxwell Parmalchuck, Fabrication Lead, “But we fixed the prob­lem and per­formed solid­ly for the rest of our match­es, becom­ing one of the top 3 scor­ers at the event.” 

While the Owls qual­i­fied for World Championships, there’s no guar­an­tee they will be able to go. Between reg­is­tra­tion fees and trav­el costs, this will cost the team upwards of $20,000. Says senior and Program Manager Katherine Matveykina “District Championships has been unlike any oth­er com­pe­ti­tion and has made me so much proud­er of what we have done as a team and what I have done for it. I am excit­ed that we’ve qual­i­fied for World Championships for the third time in team his­to­ry because it’s a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to show off our team, our school and our robot to the world.” 

If you would like to help con­tribute towards the teams trav­el funds, you can make a dona­tion online at www.team5401.org/donate. For more infor­ma­tion about the team, please vis­it their web‐site at www.team5401.org.