Lovleand High School Robotics teams competed December 14

Loveland Schools, Thursday, December 19, 2019 – By: Susanne Quigley

Loveland High School’s FIRST Tech Challenge Teams 5040 (Nuts & Bolts) and 10464 (The Bionic Tigers) competed on December 14 at the Ohio State Newark-COTC Qualifier, where teams from all regions of Ohio competed for the three coveted advancement spots to the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Championship.

Beginning the day, both teams presented to judges about their team’s community outreach, involvement with industry professionals, programming, robot design, and other related topics for evaluation for awards. Both teams then participated in five qualifying matches—Nuts & Bolts going 1-4 and The Bionic Tigers going 4-1, resulting in Nuts & Bolts being ranked 18th and The Bionic Tigers fourth in the tournament. After three thrilling, close matches in the elimination rounds, Nuts and Bolts went on to the finals and ended up being crowned part of the competition’s Winning Alliance.

Loveland High School’s FIRST Tech Challenge Teams 5040 (Nuts & Bolts) and 10464 (The Bionic Tigers) competed at the Ohio State Newark-COTC Qualifier on December 14, bringing home multiple awards from the competition. (Photo: Provided)

To end the day, the awards ceremony proved fruitful for both teams. Nuts and Bolts received second place Design Award. The Bionic Tigers received five judged awards, including first place Think Award, second place Inspire Award, and third place Connect, Control, and Promote Awards. The Inspire Award is the top award for FTC teams and is defined by FIRST Tech Challenge as the “award given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program.” The team that receives this award is a top contender for many other judged awards, a strong ambassador for FIRST robotics programs and a model FIRST team. The Bionic Tigers’ second place Inspire Award earns them an advancement to the Ohio FTC Championship in March.

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