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Mar, 2017

Sportfriends player excels on field & in tech world. Div Ohja, our very own U15 player...

Sportfriends player excels on field & in tech world!
>>>Div Ohja our very own U15 boys player will compete in a national robotics challenge during the month of March with his team from Wayne Hills HS. Our club and membership are very proud of his accomplishments. Read more below...

Good Luck Div!

Congratulations to Div and his Patriots robotics team who will be competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge Super Regional tournament where they will battle it out for a spot in the world championships beginning March 17 in Scranton PA. (See newspaper article below.)

Good luck and congratulations on this great accomplishment!

The Coaches


Two Wayne robotics teams are headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional tournament where they will battle it out for a spot in the World Championship.

The Patriots (9921) and the JDroids (7026) will be competing against other state champions in the regional competition in Scranton, Pa., beginning Mar. 17. Teams which rank highest move on to the World Championship competition in St. Louis, Mo., in April.

Each year the FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Robotics Competition introduces a different “game” for which students must design and build a custom robot to play.

This year’s game for the FTC division, open to students in grades seven through 12 is called “velocity vortex.” To play successfully, robots are tasked with pushing and tossing wiffle-like balls into goals for points on a 12-foot playing field, activate team beacons lining the field and can cap the rotating vortex with a large ball for a point bonus.

The Patriots, in their second year taking part in the FTC, secured awards for best Autonomous Control and Event Finalist Alliance with their newly-redesigned robot. The team is comprised of middle and high school students from Wayne's public schools. They redesigned their robot leading up to state championships to improve mechanism reliability and accuracy for shooting and lifting the balls on the playing field, said the team in mid-February.

At state championships in Plainsboro Township, the JDroids earned their spot among the champions as well with the receipt of the Inspiration Award, the highest honor available at the competition. The award is presented to the team judged to exemplify the highest professionalism, along with being contenders for multiple other awards such as for design, programming and documentation.

[Photo caption: Wayne's JDroids pose with their robot and awards following FTC State Championships. The JDroids along with the Patriots will proceed to Super-Regionals on March 17. (Photo: Courtesy of Eugene Tazzetto)]

Recipients of the Inspire award are ineligible to receive the other awards, according to FTC’s website.

This is the JDroids first time at the Super-Regionals, according to head coach Eugene Tazzetto. The six-year-old senior team is also comprised of Wayne students from public high schools and one out-of-district student. This is the third time JDroids take part in the FTC Division.

Earlier this year, the JDroids were also recognized for their wnning “Book Browser” app entered in the Congressional App Challenge for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. The app was designed to help school libraries locate and acquire books from other libraries that are permanently removing them from their shelves.

“It’s a book sharing app they are looking to turn into robotics app where teams can identify parts they have and no longer use and share them with other robotics teams,” said Tazzetto.

[Photo caption: Two Wayne robotics teams, the Patriots (9921) and the JDroids (7026) are Super-Regional Championship-bound for their performance in the FIRST Robotics Competition this year. Pictured are the Patriots' awards received at State Championships on Feb. 26. (Photo: Courtesy of 9921 Patriots)]


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