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FCAHS Battle Bot Team to Compete at Nationals

A team of Fox Chapel Area High School students placed at the PA BotsIQ 2022 Finals Competition. Core team members are seniors Dino Iasella and Shrivardhan Thada, junior Adam Zimmerman, and sophomore Eduardo Phelan-Vidal. The Fox Chapel Area students placed first as the “King of the Ring” for their dominating performance during the multi-opponent “Royal Rumble.” The team also tied for 13th in the battle bracket and won fourth place for engineering documentation, placing them eighth in the overall grand champion standings. The team’s 15-pound battle bot is named “Full Counter.”

The Fox Chapel Area High School support team members for the Fox Chapel Area High School Bots IQ team are seniors Andrew ByersdorferZachary MillerCollin Murphy, and Miguel Quemado; juniors Tatiana FreeSamuel KuhnsRamadani Mada, and Nathaniel Merriman; sophomores Ava McCaffreyKeya Patro, and Lucy Rygelski; and freshmen Benjamin FiedlerSelin GeylaniSwati MylarappaShreyas RhotagiKeegan Scanlon, and Holden Starz.

The state competition was held at California University of Pennsylvania on April 29 and 30. A total of 58 teams across Pennsylvania participated. The next level of contests, the 2022 National Robotics League National Competition, will be held May 20 and 21, at Robert Morris University. In the national competition, the Fox Chapel Area students will compete against the best teams in the nation.

BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program whose goal is to provide a pathway for high school students to learn about rewarding career options in manufacturing. This is accomplished by inviting students to participate in exciting, hands-on high school robotics competitions.