Shelton High robotics team defends New England title this weekend

The Shelton High School robotics team will travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts from April 9 to 12 to compete in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition New England District championship.

The event is free and open to the public. The Gaelhawks are the 2014 reigning New England District champion.

The team of 21 students and mentors have been competing in district events for the past eight weeks. They have won all three qualifying competitions they participated in — Waterbury, Conn.; UMass Dartmouth, Mass.; and Hartford, Conn.

In addition, the Gaelhawks were awarded the Chairman’s Award (the highest team honor) at the Hartford competition for overall excellence.

This year’s game is ‘Recycle Rush’

Teams competing at WPI have been working since Jan. 3 to design, build, program and test robots for this year’s game, called “Recycle Rush.”

Robots score points by stacking shipping totes on scoring platforms on their side of the field, topping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of litter, represented by pool noodles.

Team alliances that win at this week’s district championship will qualify to compete in the national championship from April 22–25 in St. Louis.

Event open to the public

A complete schedule for the New England Championship this weekend in Worcester is listed here:

People can watch the competition live via webcast by going to:

Program sponsors

The Shelton High School robotics program is sponsored by UTC Sikorsky, OEM Controls, ATT Connecticut, Boeing, Intuitive Surgical, and the Shelton Board of Education.

To learn more about the team and see them in action, go to their YouTube page at: