In mid-January, 15 members of MohonBots, Mohonasen High School’s robotics team, competed in the Capital Region Qualifying Tournament at Albany Academies and a state championship tournament at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.
At Albany Academies, the team advanced to the final round of the competition and secured a second-place finish out of 17 competing teams. The MohonBots also won the Connect Award and came in second for the PTC Design and Think Awards.
At SUNY Polytechnic, the team placed 11th out of the 28 participating teams, won the Control Award and came in second for the Connect Award. The team also achieved a second-place ranking for the Inspire Award, the most prestigious award of the competition.
On Feb. 21, 14 MohonBots members competed at another state championship at Pace University where they placed 11th out of the 27 competing teams and were nominated for third place for the Promote and Connect Awards.
Currently, the team is focused on preparations for the East Super Regional Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania later in March. They will face off against teams from Maine to Virginia in hopes of advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship.
The team has benefited from the support of several mentors this year, including Jeffery Cohn from Sage Computer Associates, Greg Wotzak from General Electric, Steve Bennett from the University at Buffalo and Nik Cotugno from Hudson Valley Community College. The mentors will continue to guide the students as they diligently prepare for their upcoming competitions.