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BHS Fightin' Robotics Owls

Posted: March 9, 2017

This past weekend Bensalem High School’s Robotics Team, The Fightin’ Robotic Owls, competed at the FIRST Robotics District Competition at Hatboro-Horsham High School where they finished in the quarterfinals and took home one of the top awards, the Engineering Inspiration Award.  Says senior and team Program Manager Matt Garfield, “Although we are still a young team I am proud and honored that the judges have recognized our hard work and effort over the past year in spreading FIRST’s mission and core values in the area.”


The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering in a team’s school or community.  The Owls won this award for their work assisting two local schools in developing FIRST Robotics programs.  At LaBrum Elementary School in the School District of Philadelphia, the Owls assisted in getting their FIRST Lego League team (grades 4-8) ready for competition.  At William Tennent High School in Warminster, they are helping establish a new FIRST Robotics Competition team by having a group of motivated Tennent students join their team for this season where they will wear the Owls colors, help to build and code their robot and cheer on their collective team in the stands. Next year, these Tennent students will form a veteran core to a unique rookie team.  “So far, I have loved working with this team.  Everyone here has been friendly and outgoing, welcoming us with open arms onto their team,” says William Tennent sophomore Ian McGorrey.  “I can’t wait to bring this back to Tennent next year and share this with the students there.”


In addition to winning the Engineering Inspiration Award, the team also took home the Industrial Safety Award for consistently demonstrating excellence in safety and for establishing a safety culture within the STEM Lab at Bensalem High School.  


While the Owls are still flying high from the success of their first competition, they have already begun preparing for their second competition later this month at Seneca High School in New Jersey, where they hope to do even better and take home more awards.


The Owls are hosting a demo night in the STEM Lab at Bensalem High School on Thursday, March 16th from 6-8PM where the community is invited to come see their robot in action.  For more information about the team or their demo night, please visit www.team5401.org.

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