Top Honors For Tappan Zee High School Robotics Team

TZHS Wins Rookie All-Star Award at World Championship in Detroit

Tappan Zee High School’s rookie first Robotics Competition Team 6911, South Orangetown BOTZ, won the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST Championship Detroit on Saturday, April 28. The team advanced to the international competition after earning the Rookie Inspiration Award at the Hudson Valley Regional FRC Tournament at Rockland Community College in March and the Rookie All-Star Award at the SBPLI Long Island #1 Tournament at Hofstra University earlier this month. Of the 7,000 FIRST Robotics Competition teams globally, 405 advanced to FIRST Championship Detroit (April 25-28, 2018).

“We are all so proud of the effort, accomplishment, and commitment of this first year team,” said Tappan Zee High School Principal Dr. Jennifer Amos. “Our students, volunteer community mentors, and teacher advisors invested countless hours in this work, and this prestigious recognition at the World Competition is truly remarkable.”

The Rookie All-Star Award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. The team has garnered strong support from NASA, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Praxair, D’Vine Hospitality, Goosetown Communications and other locally-based businesses, and has actively promoted robotics, engineering and computer science through activities ranging from outreach at the SOCSD School Maker Faire and mentoring younger students to expand the local tech talent pipeline.

“Anytime a group of students can start with nothing more than an idea and transform that idea into action on an international scale, I am astounded,” South Orangetown Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard. “The South Orangetown BOTZ accomplished this and more.”