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Two Danbury High robotics teams qualify for regionals

December 26, 2018

DANBURY — Two robots from the Danbury High School robotics team advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals at the fourth competition of the season this month and have qualified for the regionals next March.

The scores put several of the Mad Hatters Team 5150’s six robots in the top 10 and top 15 teams in Connecticut and Southern New England, said Erik Savoyski, the team adviser and DHS technology education teacher.

“Our teams have been having better luck on the skills field — the part of the competition where each team has one minute for driving and one minute for autonomous control,” Savoyski said. “Due to these scores, 5150J and 5150G have qualified for the Southern New England Regionals, along with D-team who qualified earlier this season. We continue to strive to qualify our remaining three teams.”

Team 5150 is an after-school club that offers students and those in the high school’s honors robotics course the chance to compete against other high schools in a series of skills and engineering challenges throughout the year.

The team is designed to engage students in STEM fields and teach them to collaborate to solve problems and outperform other robots they meet in competition.

With almost 50 team members, the Mad Hatters have developed six robots that each compete for spots in the Southern New England Regionals in March.

Last month, two teams won judges’ and design awards at the competition hosted at Danbury High School. One team qualified for the regionals then and two more qualified with their scores this month.

DHS teams now rank in seventh, ninth and 11th places in skills competitions in Connecticut and they rank seventh and tied for 14th places in the Southern New England regional group, Savoyski said.

Team 5150 will travel to Bolton High School Jan. 5 for the next competition.

zach.murdock@hearstmediact.com

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