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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVESThe Emmaus High School Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the FIRST Tech Challenge state qualifier robotics competition Feb. 15 and 16. ABOVE: Emmaus High School support staff at the robotics event includes, left to right, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin and Ian Zakos. These and many other EHS students provided the support staff for the PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVESThe Emmaus High School Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the FIRST Tech Challenge state qualifier robotics competition Feb. 15 and 16. ABOVE: Emmaus High School support staff at the robotics event includes, left to right, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin and Ian Zakos. These and many other EHS students provided the support staff for the
PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESSaucon Valley High School students Eric Brown, Connor Morgandale and Emma Patterson, members of the Panthera Robotica team, reprogram their robot to adapt to the floor’s texture, which was different from what they had practiced on at school. PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESSaucon Valley High School students Eric Brown, Connor Morgandale and Emma Patterson, members of the Panthera Robotica team, reprogram their robot to adapt to the floor’s texture, which was different from what they had practiced on at school.
Sebastion Jakowski watches as Nilansh Gupta and Tyler Smith, members of robotics team Le Pamplemousse from Freedom High School, control their robotic creation. Sebastion Jakowski watches as Nilansh Gupta and Tyler Smith, members of robotics team Le Pamplemousse from Freedom High School, control their robotic creation.
Team Le Pamplemousse, including Freedom High School students, from left, Tyler Malitziki, Nilansh Gupta, Sebastion Jakowski, Tyler Smith, Steven Lantosh and Krishna Korrapati, is among competing teams. Team Le Pamplemousse, including Freedom High School students, from left, Tyler Malitziki, Nilansh Gupta, Sebastion Jakowski, Tyler Smith, Steven Lantosh and Krishna Korrapati, is among competing teams.
The Igutech robotics team includes students from several local schools among them, front, left to right: Brian Raneri, of Freedom High School, Jianing Wang, of Liberty High School; back row, Evan Slieh, of Liberty High School, Somac Roy, of Freedom High School and Jerrod Harris, of Orefield Middle School. The Igutech robotics team includes students from several local schools among them, front, left to right: Brian Raneri, of Freedom High School, Jianing Wang, of Liberty High School; back row, Evan Slieh, of Liberty High School, Somac Roy, of Freedom High School and Jerrod Harris, of Orefield Middle School.
Saucon Valley High School students Katelyn Pequeno and Rebecca Dettmar adjust their robot’s programming. Saucon Valley High School students Katelyn Pequeno and Rebecca Dettmar adjust their robot’s programming.

EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in School

Robots give their all in Emmaus

Fifty teams of robotics enthusiasts filled the cafeterias at Emmaus High School Feb. 15 and 16, all intent on seeing their robot creation in the winner’s circle.

Emmaus High School’s Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Tech Challenge state qualifier robotics competition.

Led by EHS chemistry and robotics instructor John Bradley, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin, Ian Zakos and many other EHS students provided the support staff for the robotics competition.

Students, their parents and coaches came from as far away as Sharon, Mass. and from all over Pennsylvania. Several teams traveled from New York, Delaware and New Jersey.

Three teams from the Lehigh Valley competed: Team “Le Pamplenousse” from Freedom High School, team “Panthera Robotica,” representing Saucon Valley High School and a non-school affiliated team with members from several local schools. The “Igutech” team members came from Freedom High School, Liberty High School and Orefield Middle School.

“I’ve always had a knack for anything electronic and mechanical. I thought this would be a good extracurricular activity,” Freedom High School student Steve Lantosh said.

Peter Pequeno, the mentor for Saucon Valley High School’s team Panthera Robotica said, “We won two out of our five rounds today. We didn’t win overall, but we are super happy with our team. They have overcome many obstacles this season and have delivered a great first robot and shown great teamwork.”

FIRST’s program offers more than $80 million in scholarships “from nearly 200 providers,” according to the organization’s literature.

A FIRST robotics competition, according to its promotional material, is “not a science fair driven by a teacher-selected list of the best and the brightest. Not about individuals so much as it is about teams. It is truly diverse. Minority and female participation is the norm. Many kids who aren’t necessarily doing well academically ... yet. They aren’t just geeks. They are athletes, musicians and former dropouts and they demonstrate talent they did know they had. It’s an experience that removes the reasons for not doing well.”

The results of the weekend’s competition at EHS were not immediately available.