Techno Jays Finish 10th out of 40 in Robotics Competition


Rachel Walker

Techno Jays team member Etaune Johnson, a senior, makes last minute adjustments to the Southfield High robot. The Techno Jays finished in tenth place, out of 40 teams.

If you happened to hear the thousands of people cheering at Southfield High School on Saturday,or see  hundreds of cars outside the school, it wasn’t for a basketball game. It was for the FIRST Robotics Competition held at Southfield High School.   

Forty robotics teams from around the state gathered to compete against each other’s robots for awards.

“I love the energy and the excitement,”  says Una Jakupovic from Team Cosmos of Hamtramck High School.  

Samantha Weslin from the Wired Devils of Grosse Ile High School said, “The best part about the competition is meeting new people.”

The robots competed in various events, such as throwing boulders, crawling over terrain and climbing a castle wall.

Southfield High School’s Techno Jays made it to the last round of the semi finals but did not advance to the finals, which meant they placed tenth out of 40 teams.

“We gave it our all, we were a true team today,” said Techno Jays team member Drew Thomas.

This was not the end for the Techno Jays; they will be traveling to Traverse City to compete in the regional competition on March 8 through March 9.

Robotics Award Winners

Imagery Award- Team 280 TNT  of Taylor

Team Spirit Award-  Team 5167 V – bots of Marysville

Creativity Award- Team 3604 Goon Squad of Brownstown

Entrepreneurship Award- Team 548 Robostangs of Northville

Rookie Inspiration Award- Team 5901 Cougars of Detroit

Quality Award- Team 3538 Robojackets of Auburn Hills

Gracious Professionalism Award- Team 3322 Eagle Imperium of Ann Arbor

Industrial Design Award – Team 1481 The Riveters of Farmington Hills

Judges Award – Team 4680 Az- Teach Eagles of Detroit

Industrial Safety Award- Team 2832 The Livonia Warriors of Livonia

High Rookie Seed Award- Team 5843 Flurb of St. Clair

Excellence in Engineering Award- 3668 Trobots of Detroit

Finalist Alliance – Team 123 Team Cosmos, Team 4680 Aztec Eagles, Team 573 Mech Warriors

Winners  – Team 3604 Goon Squad , Team 3548 Roboravens 2, Team  1188 Roboravens 1