Shelton High robotics team 'stacking' up wins this season

The Shelton High School robotics team has two district wins this season, and currently is ranked second in the New England (NE) District.

Shelton High’s team No. 230, the Gaelhawks, were part of an alliance to win at the NE Waterbury District competition on March 1. For two days, 34 teams from Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island competed.

The Gaelhawks captured their second win as part of an alliance at the NE Dartmouth District competition on March 14 at UMass Dartmouth in Massachusetts. During this two-day event, 28 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island competed.

The SHS team won the Rockwell Automation Design in Controls Award for its robotic computer programming design at the Massachusetts event.

This year's game is Recycle Rush

The game used during this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions, Recycle Rush, requires robot alliances to work together to stack plastic storage totes on top of each other and also place recycling containers on top. Each round lasts two-minutes-and-30-seconds.

The Gaelhawks will compete at the NE Hartford District competition this weekend, March 27 and 28. They then will head to the NE District championships on April 9 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to try to qualify for the world championships in St. Louis on April 22 to 25.

Watch the competition on the web

Admission to robotics events is free and open to the public. This weekend’s Hartford District competition will be webcast live at .

Watch videos of the Gaelhawks in action at, and email questions SHS Robotics Advisor John Niski at