Hun School Robotics Wins First Place in Princeton Competition
The Hun School robotics team, Radiators Team 12488, bested twenty-eight other competitors to take the top prize at a First Tech Challenge robotics competition on Saturday, December 8th. The team won the P’town Throwdown Meet at Stuart Country Day School. The competition included teams from schools across New Jersey.
The Radiators (see photo) achieved their success after making major mechanical and programming changes to their robot less than a week before the competition. (The machine had exhibited problems in its first competition in November.)
“I wasn’t shocked that they took first place, but I was surprised that they were ready to do it by last Saturday,” said Advisor and Director of Technology Jim Huffaker, referring to the adjustments made just a week before.
“I was quite surprised; it was absolutely amazing,” said team Captain Sanjana Kowshik ’20. Sanjana, who competed for two years in middle school before coming to Hun, said they were facing teams with much more experience. “This is only our second year, and to see how far we’ve come is really amazing.”
The robots were built for a space-themed challenge. The robot begins by detaching itself from a “landing module” in the middle of the competition course. It then carries jewel-shaped objects and places them in certain spots. The action is timed, and the team receives points for the robot’s performance, as well as the quality of their engineering journal, and other aspects.
The group will next compete on January 12that the Timothy Christian Academy in Eastampton, New Jersey. Their performance in Eastampton will determine if they qualify for States. From there, teams go onto the FIRST National Championship, being held in Houston and Detroit in April.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.