From March 23-25, Northport High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 5099 competed at the Long Island Regional #2 at Hofstra University earning an overall 2nd place event finish with their alliance teammates from Kings Park and Patchogue-Medford! Northport Robotics persevered through many challenges they encountered with their robot over weeks of design and construction as well as during three days of intense competition. Their professionalism never faltered as they met the high-octane charge of competitive sports with the focused power of engineering and computer science.
The capstone event represents hundreds of hours of collaboration, engineering, and computer science talent from our students, parent & community mentors, sponsors and faculty advisors. FIRST stands “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology” and is often referred to as the “ultimate sport for the mind.” It is a STEM program that challenges students to use their technical talents and collaborative skills to build and program a life-size robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
District Chairperson of Science, Technology & Engineering Education David Storch said “FIRST Robotics offers an experience as close to real-world business development and engineering management as a student can get. It instills critical skills such as problem solving, time management, conflict resolution, and communication. Team 5099 met and conquered the challenge in innovative ways and we are honored to recognize their talent and accomplishment.”
Congratulations to Northport Robotics Team 5099, their dedicated coaches Mr. Claps, Mr. Moloney, and Mr. Robinson, their mentors Mr. Posillico, Mr. Mooers, and Mr. Hradek as well as our Robotics Booster club, sponsors Mr. Peter J. Degen, AriZona Beverage, Plastipak, and Bren-Tronics and our parents for their relentless support of the team!