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SEM Robotics Team "Iron Reign" Wins North Texas' Regional Championship

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - UPDATE

Iron Reign, at the South Super Regional FTC competition, won the Judges Award and second place for the Promote Award!
They also qualified for "First alternate for World" competition.

Their next move? The team is preparing for May UIL robotics competition.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

SEM's team Iron Reign took 1st place at the FTC Robotics North Texas Regional Championship. They earned the Inspire Award, the top honor bestowed at the tournament.

Inspire Award - This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FTC team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of designing and building a robot. The winner of the Inspire Award at each tournament level has received an automatic invitation to the next tournament level. Once a team has won an Inspire Award at a Championship, they are no longer eligible to win the Inspire Award at additional championship tournaments they may attend. Similarly, once a team wins an Inspire Award at a Qualifying tournament or League Championship, they are no longer eligible to win the Inspire Award at subsequent Qualification tournaments or League Championships within the same region.

Their alliance also won their division in the robot game and was finalist alliance over all.

Iron Reign - Feb 25, 2017
Iron Reign members left to right are Ethan Helfman, Janavi Chada, Tycho Virani, Jayesh Sharma, Darshan Patel, Caitlin Rogers and Charlotte Leakey, with Evan Daane (from BTW) in repose. Added in: Max Virani, Omar Ramirez and Rohit Shankar.

Individually, SEM students Tycho Virani, Ethan Helfman, Austin Davis, Abhijit Bhattaru and Matthew Callahan were recognized as Dean's List semifinalists for the region and will be considered for finalist status.

The whole team has automatically advanced to both the UIL Robotics Texas State Championship and the 12 State South Super Regional Championship being held in Georgia. From there they'll have a chance to advance to the World Championship in late April. Also advancing is Iron Reign's alliance captain, RoboBison Amistad from Sunset High School.

Please visit our website  if you want to see what this competition looks like, or want to learn how to get started in robotics.

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Author: Karim Virani   E-Mail: