Students and teachers at Borusan Asım Kocabıyık Technical and Industrial Vocational High School (TEML) have achieved great success in the U.S. Borusan Asım Kocabıyık’s TEML team won the “Rookie Inspiration Award” at the Midwest Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held in Chicago with the sponsorship of NASA. Moreover, the award was won despite having to rebuild the robot one day before the competition. 

Thousands of schools compete 
Thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world compete at FIRST Robotics, a competition which has been held for the past 20 years to encourage students to increase their knowledge and understanding of exploration and technology development. The theme of this year’s competition was to develop a “basketball playing robot”. Approximately 5,000 schools from all over the world applied to participate in the competition, 53 of which made it to the finals. The only state school of the four finalist schools from Turkey was Borusan Asım Kocabıyık Technical and Industrial Vocational High School. 

Strong performance from the robot rebuilt a night before 
In accordance with the contest rules, the robot must be made from the materials sent by the Competition Committee, but due to a delay in these materials being sent from the U.S., Borusan Asım Kocabıyık TEML team produced some parts in Turkey themselves and completed the robot. However, although the work was admired by U.S. audiences, as it did not comply with the rules, the Committee gave the team the missing parts and one day to rebuild the robot. Borusan Asım Kocabıyık TEML team were able to complete the robot within an impressive 14 hours, but this left them with no time for any experimenting. 

Nevertheless, the robot developed by the team to defend and drop dimes, performed well in 10 matches over two days and won the audience’s appreciation. Despite the difficulties suffered in the last minutes and having to be rebuilt within such a short period of time, the Borusan Asım Kocabıyık TEML team took home the Rookie Inspiration Award.