Albany High wins robotics regionals
ALBANY, N.Y. (March
19, 2018) – Albany High School’s
robotics team made history on March 17 as it flexed its mechanical
muscles to claim first place in the 2018 New York Tech Valley Regional
FIRST Robotics Team event. This win marks the team’s first victory at
the regional level in its 15 years of competition.
After competing for two days at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Albany High and its partners from two other high
schools emerged victorious over more than 30 teams of high school
students who had been presented with the challenge of building a robot
capable of completing a specific task.
This year’s challenge was a simulated rescue
of video-game characters and their human operators trapped in an
obsolete arcade game to defeat “the boss” and allow the captive video
characters and their operators to escape the retro arcade game.
“FIRST is designed to get high school
students excited about STEM-related fields, and this can be the start of
their careers in these fields,” said Rich Kissane, a retired Albany High
teacher and one of the team’s advisers.
“We performed exactly as expected; played
hard, played smart and exhibited gracious professionalism at all times.”
For junior Noah Greenblatt, this historic win
as a victory not only for his current teammates, but for the future of
robotics at Albany High.
“Winning this competition acts as an
opportunity to expand our team and our programming, bringing in more
students and allowing us to get to more competitions and compete even
better,” he said.
Sophomore Laurel Stix also turned her vision
to the future after Saturday’s big win.
“To me, a win felt like we could do anything
adults can do—like we really are a future worth looking forward to,” she
After finishing the qualifying rounds in
second place behind Shaker High School, Albany High selected Brazil’s
Marista Pio XII and Long Island’s Center Moriches High School as its
allies for the finals. Together, the Albany High alliance competed
against the Shaker alliance, which included Shenendehowa High School and
Long Island high school Half Hollow Hills West and Half Hollow Hills
Albany High chose its partners for the final
wisely, and together they upset Shaker’s alliance to win the event.
Albany High’s team 1493 will now advance to
the FIRST Championship in Detroit from April 25-29 for a chance to
compete against teams from across the nation and around the world.
The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
than 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.