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Penn Robotics wins Chairman's Award at District event

The Penn Robotics Team.


Penn High School’s Robotics Team 135 earned the Chairman’s Award at the Indiana FIRST District Event at Penn on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10.


A total of 57 high school teams competed in the event. Click to see the photo gallery posted below.


By winning the Chairman’s Award, Penn Robotics earned a berth in the State Finals, April 12-13, in Kokomo.


“The most prestigious award in FIRST means a tremendous amount to our team and community,” Penn Robotics Instructor Jim Langfeldt said of winning the Chairman’s Award. “Winning this has qualified our team for the state championships in Kokomo on April 12-13.  We have a mission of inspiring future students to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and we do this through many meaningful community outreach events.”


Penn placed third overall in the event.


The next competition for Penn is March 23-24 in Lafayette, Ind.


“This was our first time out, so (there are) many opportunities for improvement,” Langfeldt said of the Team 135 showing in the Penn event. “We were seeded No. 2 at the end of seeding matches. Unfortunately, some software issues and penalties kept us from moving on. I expect our team to learn and improve over the next few days to have an impressive showing in Lafayette!”


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