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Canterbury's Robotics Team Places Third at Regional Competition

Meredith Berry-Toon

Canterbury's Robotics Team traveled to the Connecticut First Tech Challenge (CTFTC) Central Connecticut Qualifier this past Saturday, January 20. The five-student team - Stanson Wu '18, Erik Stedman '20, Cam Krinsky '21, Alex Iassogna '18, and Misha Verozub '20 - placed third among a group of 28 challengers, including independent and public schools and corporate-funded private clubs. South Kent, Hotchkiss, and Avon Old Farms were also in attendance from the western Connecticut independent school community.

"This was a great first start after a long year of work," remarks Mike Kennedy, faculty advisor to the Robotics Team. The team had been actively preparing to complete since September, and this weekend was the first qualifying tournament that the students could attend given class and holiday schedules.

In advance of the competition, organizers provided teams with instructions on what their robot would need to accomplish to advance to the next round. Teams then built their robots to specifically complete this task. For this year's qualifier, competitors had to build a robot that would be able to detect between differently colored blocks and move blocks of specified colors across an open space, both in a controlled setting and autonomously.

Canterbury won three of the five qualifying competitions in the morning to advance to the afternoon's rounds. The team progressed to the semi-final round before being eliminated. "We were happily surprised with the results," Kennedy notes of his team, "I think our good showing has encouraged the students and sets us up for strong results next year."