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The Krypton Cougars, FRC Team 2539, qualified for the 2023 FIRST Robotics World Championship, marking their second consecutive appearance.

The team’s impressive performance at the Mid-Atlantic District Championship held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from April 6 to 8, secured their spot in the world championship.

Comprising high school students from Hershey and Palmyra, the Krypton Cougars faced competitors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition at Lehigh. The team entered the weekend ranked first out of 60 competing teams after winning their first two competitions this season.

Read More: Palmyra-based robotics squad Krypton Cougars nabs FIRST at district matchup

Despite challenges, the team advanced to the finals and earned several world rankings, including tying for third place in “Highest Clean Score,” taking second place in “Highest Combined Clean Score” (meaning winner’s score plus loser’s score), tying for second place for the “Highest Losing Score” (most points awarded, despite losing the match), and taking second place in the world for the highest score during the “teleop” phase of a competition.

In 2022, the Krypton Cougars also made a strong showing at the FIRST World Championships in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, finishing as part of the second-place alliance. They ended the season with a 52-16 record, the best in the team’s 15-year history.

Read More: Krypton Cougars end season with best record in team’s 15-year history

The 2023 FIRST World Championship will take place in Houston, Texas, from April 20 to 23, where the Krypton Cougars will compete against 600 teams from around the world.

As of late last week, the team’s robot was already on a truck headed to Texas. (Provided photo)

The team is always seeking new members, mentors, and sponsors. For more information, visit Team2539.com or the team’s Facebook page, or email kryptoncougars2539@gmail.com. To follow their progress in Houston, visit TheBlueAlliance.com.

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