The Fightin’ Robotic Owls have soared to a great performance at the Detroit World Championship. As Bensalem High School’s robotic team, the Owls represented their classmates among teams from 12 different countries.

Head Coach Kevin McKay compared their placement to the NCAA Tournament so people not familiar with robotic competitions could relate.

The Bensalem High School Fightin' Robotic Owls team.
The Bensalem High School Fightin’ Robotic Owls team. Photo via Bensalem School District.

“We won our conference tournament (District Championship, April 6), got a bid to the NCAA Tournament (World Championships), and made the final four (Division Championships), and only narrowly missed the final 2!”

The competition involved a round robin tournament, and the Owls finished 2-1-2. Overall, they can claim the title of World
Championship Semi-Finalists.

“It was amazing to attend World Championships and see all the effort everyone put in over the season pay off,” said freshman, Adriana Presiado. “Going to Detroit and seeing all the other teams there from around the world was an experience I will never forget.”

With the competition behind them, the Owls must now look forward to their next project. Each summer, the Fightin’ Robotic Owls host a free educational camp for students in grades 7 through 9. They offer “hands on experience designing, building and programming robots, as well as experience with CADD and manufacturing.”