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St. Mary's robotics team is heading to the World Championships

More than 200 "FIRST Tech Challenge" teams competed in Oregon. St. Mary's "C4" team is now advancing to compete in Houston against kids from around the world.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 2:08 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 11:03 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The St. Mary's "C4" robotics team is going to the World Championship.  Last weekend, they competed at the Oregon State Championship and earned the advancement to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship. More than 200 FTC teams compete in Oregon.

The team placed second overall within it's alliance for the TECH Division, comprised of teams Aphelion, C4, and That’s a Lot of Damage.  The St. Mary's team placed first for the most coveted "FIRST Award", the Inspire Award, and finished in the champion alliance at the Southern Oregon Area Robotics (SOAR) FTC Championship in January.  

Congratulations to these C4 members

Heikki Ashby

Benjamin Burt

Joshua Hewitt

Ryan Becquer

Ian Cool

Luke Fernandes

Carson Grebosky

Emma Warr

Mitchell Willhite

Eric Wang

Team Coaches 
Ted Willhite

Jeff Hewitt

Lisa Burt

This isn't "C4"'s first time qualifying for the World Championships.  They also qualified in 2016 and they advanced all the way through the state championship the past 4 years. 

FTC competition components include: creation of a robot designed and programmed for an annually released game challenge and tournament competition, submission of a comprehensive team engineering notebook, and delivery of interviews and a prepared presentation to judges panels at tournaments.

Seven of the ten St. Mary’s C4 team members are seniors, and four have been building robots for the FTC competition since they were freshmen when they formed the St. Mary’s team.

FIRST Tech Challenge is a STEM robotics program for students grades 7-12 and includes over 7,000 teams worldwide with over 70,100 students participating in over 70 countries. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is based in Manchester, NH, and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields (www.firstinspires.org).

The FIRST World Championship will take place April 17-20 in Houston, TX. 

 

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