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Peekskill High School's Iron Devils Robotics Team Headed to FTC Regional Competition on Feb. 5


Congratulations to Peekskill High School’s Iron Devils Robotics team who recently competed at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Competition at Riverside High School in Yonkers on January 21. The team brought home the prestigious "Rockwell Collins Innovate Award,” making this the first trophy for PHS in a FTC robotics competition.

“It has been a very intense few weeks for our robotics team as students scrambled to get everything organized and ready to go,” said PHS robotics Teacher Carlo Vindrini. “We spent endless hours in the afternoon to prepare our robot for this competition.”


The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FTC game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design.


Other requirements for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award include an exhibition of team professionalism, a uniquely designed robot that works reliably and is stable, and the presentation of a well maintained engineering notebook.


“The engineering note book is a very important part of the competition documenting the team activities,” Vindrini noted. “Students also prepared a visual with pictures and a collection of their reflection sheets for an oral presentation to a panel of judges before the competition.”


The Iron Devils will continue their journey through the robotics competition circuit this Sunday, February 5 when they take part in First Tech Challenge’s Regional Championship games at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY.