The Shelton High School robotics team was recognized as the tournament champions at the Groton NE FIRST Robotics District Competition earlier this month.

SHS Robotics Team No. 230 The Gaelhawks, partnered with teams No. 1991 The Dragons from Hartford and No. 1699 The Robocats from Colchester to take home the district championship banner after two days of competition.

The two-day competition featured 32 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

This year’s competition, “Aerial Assault,” requires teams to work together to score a large exercise ball into a goal with their remote-controlled robots. Shelton’s robot Talon XV was built and operated by students from the SHS robotics team along with their mentors from Sikorsky, OEM Controls and UTC.

The Shelton team was also awarded the Groton District Entrepreneurship Award for their business plan on advancing STEM-related learning activities and community outreach projects.

The team will now advance to the Southington district event March 22-23, and the Hartford district event, March 28-29.

Visit www.nefirst.org/ for details on the events, which have free admission.

Sponsors needed

Anyone interested in sponsoring the team is asked to contact team advisor John Niski at Shelton High School, jniski@sheltonpublicschools.org, for information on how to help the team raise the nearly $10,000 needed for registration and travel expenses.

The team is currently in its 16th year, and members include about 25 SHS students and volunteer adult mentors from Sikorsky, OEM Controls, Technology Service Corp. and other area technology companies.

The team’s website, www.shsrobotics.org, has more information.

The team is sponsored by the Shelton public school system and local technology companies Sikorsky, OEM Controls, Pitney Bowes, and Intuitive Surgical.