TJ2 Robotics Team Hosted the Southeast MA New England District Robotics Competition

 In March, The TJ2 Robotics Team hosted the South East MA New England District Robotics Competition at Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School for the first time. There were 42 teams registered for this competition that came from all the New England States and Delaware.

The TJ2 team has 52 students and 34 mentors this year. On Jan 7th, they kicked off their season. – STEAMWORKS.

The team worked together to design and create their robot to play this game and then competed. The team held drive team tryouts resulting in Mikey Daversa- Driver, Nick Avtges- Operator, Jeff Bodendorf – Human Player, Aimee Rodrigue – Pilot, Alumni Mentor and Medrobotics Mechanical Engineer Pat Koczela – Drive Coach.

The Competition began with Opening Ceremonies featuring speeches by State Senator Mark Pacheco, Congressman Joe Kennedy, BRRSD Superintendent Derek Swenson, and BRRHS Principal Angela Watson. The BRRHS Chorus, led by Jillian Griffin, sang the National Anthem, and then the games began.

Over the next day and a half, each  of the 42 teams participated in 12 qualifying matches in alliances of 3 teams randomly assigned. The TJ2 team, under the direction of Strategy Captain Sophia Ventura, scouted all the teams and came up with strategies to make the most of the partnership and play on the weaknesses of the opponents.

CEO and President Samual Straface of Medrobotics, Raynham, MA., opened the Sunday matches with a speech encouraging the students to work hard and know that there are engineering jobs waiting for them at Medrobotics.  Medrobotics provided 7 mentors on the TJ2 team this year.

At the end of 84 qualifying rounds, TJ2 sat in 17th place out of 42 teams. The top 8 teams then chose to partners to go through the best two of three elimination rounds. TJ2 was chosen by FRC Team #2168 – Aluminum Falcons from Groton, CT, the 4th seeded team. The duo then chose FRC team # 5563 – Phalanx from Lynn, MA to complete the 3 team alliance.

The quarterfinals started with a loss for the alliance. They rallied and were stopped by a field malfunction. They then won the next two matches, thrusting them into the semifinal matches. The semifinal matches opened with a loss for the alliance followed by two very close wins, propelling the team into the finals against an alliance made up of: FRC Team 4169-Warrior Robotics from Sudbury, MA, FRC Team 4151 – SCRAP from Weymouth, MA, and FRC Team 4176- Iron Tigers from Easton, MA. The TJ2 alliance won the best 2 of 3 competition in the first two matches and were declared the event Champions and awarded the coveted Blue Banner that is indicative of this achievement.

TJ2 wants to thank all their sponsors that made this possible. Harpak Ulma, General Dynamics, Harry’s Mold & Machine, Highland Power, Coins N Things, along with many others have shown how important they think this program is to our youth and our future with their generous financial support.

We are working towards a final NE District ranking in the top 60 to progress to the NE District Championship in Durham, NH.
Help them raise money to compete in St Louis!
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