Twenty-One Teams Participated in Postseason Tournament
On October 29, twenty-one teams from Long Island competed in the Tenth Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational at Half Hollow Hills West High School in Dix Hills. The Invitational was presented by the Half Hollow Hills School District, with support from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island.
This year’s winning alliance consisted of the following teams: Team #263 “Sachem Aftershock” from Sachem High School, Team #870 “Team R.I.C.E.” from Southold High School, and Team #2869 “Bethpage Regal Eagles” from Bethpage High School. The runners-up were Team #3171 “Hurricanes” from Westhampton Beach Senior High School, Team #5736 “Kingsmen” from Kings Park High School, and Team #6423 “Iron Patriots” from Ward Melville High School.
This year’s challenge was RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company, in which two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport.