Robotics Teams Wrap Up Worlds Experience

Students from BHHS and EHMS joined 40,000 other student participants from 13 countries at the recent FIRST World Championships in Detroit, driving their robots in competitions at Cobo Center, eating at food trucks and doing activities at Campus Martius Park, and dancing and celebrating at the opening and closing ceremonies at Ford Field.

The IntergalacTECH FIRST Tech Team from East Hills Middle School finished the season with an overall record of 12-15-0, and a ranking of 79 in the Ochoa Division at the World Championship after competing with middle- and high-school teams. Over the course of the 2018-2019 season, the team was recognized with 9 judged awards across all categories from community outreach to robot programming and innovation.

The students on EHMS IntergalacTECH are Alexa Balde, Asa Cengeri, Madison Crider, Anthony Doria, Henry Hutchison, Thomas Gormley, Eesha Gummaraju, and Jacob Welch.

IntergalacTECH parent volunteer and coach Elizabeth Gormley was proud of the whole team. "Our team had an amazing season," Gormley explained. "We competed at four tournaments and were recognized with many judged awards including robot innovation and community outreach.  But most importantly, the students truly had an incredible range of experiences this season, from connecting with local engineering companies to participating in a national community-based program to help children with mobility challenges.  We designed and built multiple robots and competed with and against some of the best teams in the world.  It was a fantastic season and we are thankful for the support of Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Bloomfield robotics program."

The BHHS Bionic Black Hawks FIRST Robotics Competition team was 42-30-2 in official play in 2019. They competed in three district events, plus the Michigan State Championship, and the World Competition during March and April. As a member of the FIRST In Michigan district, the team ranked 56 having earned 193 points. During the season, the team was a two-time winner of the Entrepreneurship Award and also won a District Engineering Inspiration Award.

At the World Competition, the Bionic Black Hawks competed on the Curie Field and captained the eighth alliance in the playoffs before going out in the quarterfinals with a final record of 8-5-0. The team won the Curie/Darwin Division Engineering Inspiration Award which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school and community. The award comes with a major NASA sponsorship. As the reigning Hall of Fame team, they staffed a Hall of Fame information booth during the competition and presented the 2019 Detroit Hall of Fame award from the stage at the closing ceremonies at Ford Field. The new Hall of Fame winner was The Green Machine, a team from Edina, Minnesota.

BHHS Team Coach Andy Raine noted the robot and the team performed well throughout the competition, despite not advancing farther. "Strategy-wise, nothing was a surprise to us. That's the way that it goes in FIRST Robotics. We coach to perform in every match." Raine said that the team was thrilled to win the Engineering Inspiration Award and has demonstrated an outstanding history of building upon success. "We want to thank Bloomfield Hills Schools and all our sponsors for continuing to support these students. They have continued to build a legacy of excellence that is recognized not only by the national and state FIRST organizations, but also teams across the world who reach out to us for our expertise."

Students on the BHHS Bionic Black Hawks are Adam Kridli, Ashton Carrick, Blake Bement, Charlie Polito, Connor Cook, Evelyn Sorgenfrei, Forest Zhang, Haakam Aujla, Hanna Halstead, Hannah Barr, Hilary Lam, Jay Victor, Jack Gross, Jackson Bahm, Jacob Banooni, Kenzo Lord, Margaret Kirkman, Maxym Wolberg, Aaron Murray, Mitchell Cook, Nasi Koukios, Noah Benson, Noah Casper, Noah Stillman, Riley Cook, Sophie Henderson, Steven Elias, Thaneesha Sivapalan, Thomas Prina, Thomas Lampertius, Chloe Patterson, Heather Chen, Rose Choudhary, Sarah Kalusniak, Lily Polito, Taryn Wiggins, Zoey Lanesky, Michael Chen, Rohan Namburar, Suraj Padi, Grant Rhoads, Nicholas Ryan, Rahul Shirishkar, Nicholas Simonelli, Aidan Vamer, Alexander Yen, Kiersten Cook, Margaret Murray, Jose Lucas Marino, and Demitri Pilger.

Registration for the 2019-2020 season for BHS robotics teams in grades 2-12 will run from May 11-31 through Bloomfield Recreation. Teams will be formed and kick off over the summer. The 2019-2020 FIRST Robotics Theme of FIRST RISE: The Force is Building, is in partnership with Disney and the Star Wars' Force for Change initiative. The theme was announced at the World Championship via video by actor Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise.





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