On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the SAS High School robotics team attended the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition qualifier at Sauquoit High School in Sauquoit, NY. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The nonprofit public charity inspires young people to become innovative science and technology leaders by engaging in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) skills. In turn, those skills help to build self-confidence and foster communication and leadership skills.
Eleven members of the SAS Atoms robotics team attended the competition. The team became the 4th alliance captain and, after semi-finals selections, the 3rd alliance captain. Ultimately, the robotics team received the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and advanced to the FTC Super Regional Competition, which will be held January 14, 2018, at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.
Congratulations to the entire SAS Atoms team. Led by Mr. Zengin and Mr. Altindis, the team includes the following students: Lalita Dahal, Umesh Dahal, Karl Russo, Jade Regner, Brenden Reilly, Joseph Capra, Huda Ali, Zakaria Ali, Natalia Amado, Abdullah Cetin, Ali Barbour, Tahirah Abdul-Qadir, Michael Scheer and Benjamin Cameron.