YCDS Robotics Team Headed to FIRST World Championship


YORK, PA, March 26, 2018 – The York Country Day School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, GearHounds 9242, will compete in the FIRST World Championships in Detroit, Michigan on April 25-28, 2018.

In their fourth year competing, this is the first year that the GearHounds have qualified for the World Championship. They will be one of 128 FTC teams from around the world competing in Detroit. Globally, there are nearly 6,000 FTC teams in existence. Fifteen York Country Day School students and four coaches and mentors will attend the competition at the end of April. However, several members of the GearHounds have competed in this tournament previously with local FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, TechFire 225.

“This achievement represents the continuously building efforts over the past four years in gaining skills in robot design, game strategy, and programming expertise. It is fitting that our first seniors to graduate from the team will have this amazing experience. We are so very proud to represent our school, York County, and one of the few teams from our state at this level of competition.” remarked lead coach, Amy Harmon Kratanjek.

During the competition season, the GearHounds competed in one scrimmage, three qualifying tournaments, the PA state tournament, and the East Super-Regional Tournament. In addition to being a part of the winning alliance in several of these competitions, the GearHounds have earned recognition for their robot design, teamwork, and expression of the FIRST culture.

According to the FTC website, “Teams design, build, and program their robots to compete on a 12′ X 12′ field, in an alliance format, against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and programmed using Java or Blockly. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and students, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping. Awards are given for the competition, as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.”

For additional information about FTC, the World Championship, and this year’s game, visit https://www.firstchampionship.org/first-tech-challenge-detroit