The Krypton Cougars ended their season on a high with a phenomenal appearance at the 2022 FIRST World Championships.

The competition took place April 20-23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where six playing fields were set up. There, the Cougars faced more than 450 other teams, drawn from the 4,000 teams across the country that built robots this year to compete for a championship spot.

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The Cougars found themselves in the No. 1 Alliance in the preliminary competition for the Turing Division (named after the famous English mathematician and computer scientist), ranking 14th out of 75 teams in the division with a 7-3 record. . Although they did not place in the top eight teams and ended up as alliance captains, they were chosen to join the #1 alliance and join teams from Israel, California, and Maryland. The alliance swept the Turing Division playoffs with a 6-0 record and earned a spot in the Einstein Field tournament where they faced top alliances from other divisions.

Although the Turing alliance led the semi-finals, they lost in the final to the Galileo Division alliance – but not without a vigorous fight and bringing the match to a tiebreaker round.

The Krypton Cougars finished their season with a 52-16 overall record, the best in the team’s 15-year history.

Although this marks the end of regular season competition for the team, the team will continue to meet off-season to improve their robot and provide new opportunities in off-season competitions for up-and-coming students who will take over from seniors. graduates.

FIRST is an organization founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to help young people experience the excitement and rewards of science and technology and have fun while doing it. Among Kamen’s inventions are the Segway, the automatic syringe and the iBOT wheelchair.

The Cougars were sponsored by TE Connectivity, Comcast NBCUniversal, HR Weaver Building Systems, Hershey Chocolate, First Davis Mechanical, Candoris, 1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast, Miller Bixler NAPA, Finkenbinder Funeral Homes, C&D Rigging, and Hershey and Palmyra High Schools.

Woefling said the team is always looking to grow. New members, mentors and sponsors are encouraged to contact us for details. The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the year, but meets more frequently during the competitive season.

For more information about the Krypton Cougars, visit the team’s website or Facebook page, or contact them by email at [email protected].

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