The Bensalem High School Robotics team has earned the opportunity to go to Detroit, MI to compete in the World Championship. The Fightin’ Robotic Owls placed fifth of 128 teams at this past weekend’s FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic District Championship at Lehigh University.

Owls Program Manger Katherine Matveykina is a senior at Bensalem High School. She says the experience is like no other.

“District Championships has been unlike any other competition and has made me so much prouder of what we have done as a team and what I have done for it,” Matveykina said. “I am excited that we’ve qualified for World Championships for the third time in team history because it’s a great opportunity to show off our team, our school and our robot to the world.”

With robotics comes adapting to new situations and unforeseen complications. Technical difficulties midway through the competition made for an uncertain outcome.

Fabrication Lead Maxwell Parmalchuck says quick thinking saved the team.

“There was some electrical problems with the robot shorting out on the field,” said Parmalchuck. “But we fixed the problem and performed solidly for the rest of our matches, becoming one of the top 3 scorers at the event.”

But the earned victory does not guarantee the Owls can make it out to Detroit. An estimation puts the cost at almost $20,000 for the full team. If they do not have the funds, the Owls will not have the opportunity to compete.

Anyone generous enough to make a donation towards the travel costs can do so at the team’s website here.