Battle Bot Team Places Third at States
A team of Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won third place at the PA BotsIQ State Competition and qualified for the national competition. Team members include seniors Jason Hertzberg, Gregory Kirklewski, Tyler Rapp, and Christian Reiber and juniors Graham Childs, Samuel Gilmore, Jacob Keeler, and Connor McAtee. The Fox Chapel Area students won third place with their 15-pound battle bot that they built and named “Reaper.”
“I’m so proud of the team’s hard work and sportsmanship over the last two days,” said Jason, Fox Chapel Area High School’s battle bot driver. “Our battle bot received minimum damage, but we were unable to drive upside down. The team worked 12-hour days on their bot and only lost to second and first place this weekend. Any one of the three top bots can win and we had some great battles.”
The state competition was held at California University of Pennsylvania April 13 & 14, 2018. A total of 84 teams across Pennsylvania participated. The next level of contests, the national Robotics League Competition, will be held May 19 & 20, also at California University of Pennsylvania. At the national competition, the Fox Chapel Area students will compete against the best teams in the nation, including college teams from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State.
BotsIQ is an educational robotics competition for high school students. It provides students with a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the possibilities of a career in the manufacturing sector and other science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.