Mason Robotics Team Advances to State Tournaments

Mason Robotics Team Advances to State Tournaments; Looks Toward Worlds
Posted on 02/28/2020

Mason Team 8719 Quantum Leap advanced to 3 state tournaments in Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland.  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization that introduces families and children of all ages to the world of STEM. FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is one of four robotics programs offered to kids ages 6 to 18: FIRST Robotics Challenge, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, and Jr. FIRST Lego League. With each new season comes a new set of obstacles and gameplay mechanisms.  Every team builds and programs robots in response to the challenge, then competes in several high-energy tournaments. In addition to building and programming, students learn to work as a team, develop Gracious Professionalism (good sportsmanship), hone their business skills, and become adept at the presentation of their ideas.

Team Quantum Leap is a fifth-year veteran FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team that consists of students from both MHS and Mason Middle School, including seniors Arnav Komaragiri and Michael Valcarcel, juniors Shankar Kalavakolanu, Shyam Sekar, sophomores Vignesh Ganji and Sathya Panchufreshman Eashan Vytla, and 8th graders Saatvik Bondalapati and Saran Kalaiyarasan.

The team was 1st place and winning alliance captain in both the Newark Qualifier and the Mt. Maryland Qualifier. The team currently holds the top 5 records in Ohio and Maryland. Team 8719 is currently ranked top 5 out of 2500+ teams around the world. They are currently ranked #3 in the Northern region.

Some of the awards the team have won this season include:

  • 1st and 2nd place Inspire Awards
  • Connect Award
  • Finalist Alliance Award
  • Winning Alliance Captain Awards
  • Think Award Finalist Awards
  • Motive Award Finalist Award
  • Control Award Finalist Award


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