This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Central High School’s robotics team, the RoboLancers, competed at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis in April. Thirty-nine students from the school’s robotics team traveled to the competition, where they showcased their robot that can collect and stack six large plastic storage bins using a chain. The robot was also able to complete other tasks.
The RoboLancers, which has 112 active members over the course of the school year, qualified to compete in the national competition after winning at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Regional Championship at Lehigh University. At the regional competition, the RoboLancers earned the regional Chairman’s Award. Though they did not win the national contest, the RoboLancers head coach, Michael Johnson, said “it was exciting for us to see another diverse urban team win that top honor.” Top prize went to the Wolverines from Foshay High School in South Los Angeles.