UrbanPromise Academy Robotics Team Tops in Motivation


UrbanPromise Academy’s Robotics Team earned top honors at the First Robotics Competition at the NJ Liberty Science Center on January 5th, 2013. First Tech Challenge Robotics teams throughout the state of New Jersey compete and are recognized for their achievements in robot design, creativity, innovation, team performance, outreach and enthusiasm. Giving awards for outstanding achievement builds self-esteem in students and is a great way to encourage them to continue pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Team UPA outperformed all competitors to receive the “Motivate” award as they exemplified outstanding spirit and enthusiasm.  They demonstrated spirit through the Domo Inferno mascot and team enthusiasm. In addition, they made a collective effort to make First Robotics known throughout their school and community.

However, the judges were not done with recognizing the performance of the team as they determined that Team UPA was worthy of second place for the “Think” award. This award judges the team’s journey as recorded in the Engineering Notebook.  The notebook must demonstrate a clear understanding of the engineering design process through pictures and CAD drawings that detail the stages of the robot’s design. The notebook must be well organized and illustrate collaboration and co-ownership by the team members.

Team UPA currently ranks 20th in the state of NJ. UPA was represented by Alexandra Gonzalez-Notebook Captain, Domo mascot (12), Joseph Palma- Team Captain (12), Rajuan Hailey-Assembly Engineer (10), Joshua Joseph- Programming Captain (10), Danielle Bemberry- Team Organization (9), and Dr. Cortney Bolden- Coach (UPA Comprehensive Science Teacher, Safe Passage CTC), Saki Wilcox (Safe Passage CTC), and Samuel Marlowe (Logistics Support).Special thanks to our partners, Safe Passage CTC and sponsors, Lockheed Martin and Dan Higgins Flooring.

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