Palmyra Krypton Cougars robotics team scores big win at districts

The Palmyra-based Krypton Cougars, FRC Team 2539, are sweeping the tri-state area, nabbing their first Regional Districts victory in the 15 years of the high school robotics team’s existence.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team competed against 35 teams from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey in the Mid-Atlantic District competition.

The FRC challenges students to raise funds, design, program and build a robot to compete in annually changing games. It trains the students in real-world engineering skills with the help of mentors and coaches in their groups.

More Lebanon Robotics:The robot will see you now: The Lebanon VA Medical Center gains new robotic surgery system

The Krypton Cougars are a team of around 25 students and seven mentors all meeting three or more times a week to plan, build and pilot the robot they bring to competition.

The robot takes two students to pilot, a driver and another who interacts with the props on the field to score points by organizing items like balls or rings, climbing obstacles or shooting targets.

The team attended the Mid-Atlantic District competition March 5-6 at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Montgomery County.

The Krypton Cougars piloted their robot to victory at the Mid-Atlantic district completion.

After a rocky start in the first day of competition, the team ended the day with a 3-4 record, ranking 20th.

The Cougars came back on that Sunday with four consecutive wins and were selected by the first-ranked team to be part of an alliance for the playoffs, where after narrowly avoiding elimination in the semi-finals, they powered through the finals with two consecutive wins .

Leave a Comment