A Sharon robotics team is back from Detroit after competing at the FIRST World Championship for robotics. The Tiger Techs Robotics Team, a FIRST Lego League team of 4ththrough 9thgrade students from the Sharon City School District, attended this event during the week of April 24th-27th. The Techs qualified for the world level after receiving the First Place Champions Award at the Western Pennsylvania Championship in December that was located in Pittsburgh.
While in Detroit, the Tiger Techs competed against 108 of the top FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams from around the world. The Techs competed in the three categories of Robot, Research Project, and Core Values After three days of competition, the Tiger Techs captured first place in Inspiration. Inspiration is measured under Core Values and evaluates a teams’ excitement and enthusiasm in regards to the entire meaning of the program. In addition, the Tiger Techs head coach, Dave Tomko, received the coach/mentor of the year award. This award is given to a coach/mentor that inspires their teams to do their best, both as individuals and together. This award goes to the coach or mentor whose leadership and guidance is clearly evident and best exemplifies the FIRST LEGO League Core Values.
The robotics team is part of the FIRST Lego League organization. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” They are under the leadership of Dave Tomko, Kelly Roys, and Darcy Wiesen. The team is funded by community sponsors from the Shenango Valley and the Sharon City School District.