Eighth Grader's Robotics Team Advances to FTC State Championship


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Eighth Grader's Robotics Team Advances to FTC State Championship

Middle School eighth grader Özge Uzman, who last year captained her YinzGirlz robotics team to the FIRST Lego League (FLL) World Championship, is now the lone middle schooler on the Brobdingnagian Tritocephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team, which competes at the high school level in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). In its first season, her team won the FTC PA Southwestern Qualifying Tournament at North Catholic High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, advancing to the Pennsylvania FTC Championship, which will be held Saturday, March 4, in Hellertown, Pa.

At the SWPA qualifier, the Brobdingnagians went undefeated in the robot games, earning the title of Captain of the Winning Alliance, and also won the prestigious Inspire Award, given to the best overall team. Either one of those awards would advance them to the state championship, so winning both is notable. In addition, the team won second place for the Control Award (programming) and Think Award (engineering process and portfolio) and earned third place for the Design Award (innovative robot design) and Connect Award (community outreach). The team's outreach project, called The Child's Reach Initiative, uses robotics to remove barriers that special needs children with limited fine motor skills face when engaging with their learning environment.

On the Brobdingnagians, Uzman is responsible for coding the robot's autonomous behavior in Java, which includes computer vision and image recognition, drive train control, trajectory planning and execution of various subsystems (turret, lift, arm and grabber) to solve the challenges of the game.

Congratulations, Özge, and good luck at the state championship!

Ozge Uzman at FTC PA Southwestern Qualifier


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