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Bionic Gaels win Inspire Award

On February 8 at Pace University in Pleasantville, the Bionic Gaels competed at the Empire New York Regional Championship. They were undefeated during qualifiers, lost in the semi-finals, and won the Inspire Award, which is the top tournament award. This capped off a season which included two other Inspire Award finishes in Yonkers and Brooklyn, as well as an Inspire Award runner-up finish in New Jersey. Additional awards this season include Think (NJ), and finalists for Think (Empire NY), Control (NJ, Empire NY) and Rockwell Collins Innovate (NJ).

Winning the Inspire Award resulted in the Bionic Gaels being the top team to earn advancement from the Empire NY region to the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional Championship, where they will compete against 72 teams advancing from 12 regions from Maine to Virgina. This is the second season in a row for the Bionic Gaels to advance to national-level competition.In addition to the Empire NY championship, the Bionics Gaels also qualified to compete in the New York City / Long Island and New Jersey championships. Having already earned advancement to the Super-Regional at the Empire NY Championship, they decided to withdraw from the additional championship tournaments in order to give other teams an opportunity to advance, spend more time improving their robot (PT-109), complete more outreach events, and volunteer at the NJ championship.The FTC East Super-Regional Championship will be held at the University of Scranton from March 19 to March 21. Each of the four US Super-Regional Championships will advance 20 teams to the 128-team World Championship in St. Louis in April, joined by advancing international teams.

Bionic Gaels links:

Website: https://bionicgaels.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BionicGaels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bionic-Gaels/149751451833346

FIRST Tech Challenge links:

US FIRST Tech Challenge: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
Empire NY Region: http://seidenberg.pace.edu/first
FTC East Super-Regional Championship: http://www.ftceast.org
FTC East Super-Regional field of teams: http://www.ftceast.org/teams/2014-2015-teams

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