Sharon Robotics Team to Compete Among 20 of World’s Best

SHARON, Pa. – After competing at the First World Championship in Detroit last week, the Sharon Tiger Techs Robotics Team will be heading to San Jose, Calif., over the summer to compete against 19 of the world’s best school robotics teams.

At the First World Championship, held April 24-27, the Tiger Techs competed against 108 Lego League Robotics teams from around the world, winning first place in the Innovation category. Head coach Dave Tomko was also named the winner of the Coach/Mentor of the Year award.

As part of the competition, students used Lego Mindstorms kits to design, build and program robots that must complete tasks and challenges. The Tiger Techs created the “Shape Shifter” for the Into Orbit challenge, proposing solutions to the challenges humans face in long-term space exploration.

For their work, the team will travel to the ninth annual First Lego League Global Innovation Award conference, held June 30 through July 2. The 20 participating teams from around the world will have two days to develop their projects and present them to a panel of judges.

The winning team will be awarded $20,000 to continue their work, with two runners-up taking home $5,000 each. Among past winners are projects improving the water cycle and innovations in waste management, each of which were eventually awarded patents, incorporated as businesses and taken to market.

For more information about the Sharon Tiger Techs team, contact Tomko at 724 983 4051 or [email protected].

Pictured: The Sharon Tiger Techs robotics team after winning the Innovation Award in Detroit. At the event were Coach Dave Tomko, Keegan Widmyer, Ben Pollock, Katelyn Powell, Jack Hynes, Gene Metro, John Stanek, Mary Brown, Coach Kelly Roys, and Coach Darcy Wiesen. In front are Miranda Metro and Ramsey Brown.

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