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Area students qualify for International Robotics Championship

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Seven Rivers Regional FIRST Robotics Competition awarded several teams with honors in design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities.

High school student teams competed at the La Crosse Center to earn a spot at the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas held April 18-21, and April 25-28 in Detroit.

Students from Trempealeau County, Caledonia High School, Aquinas High School and Houston High School will advance to the International Championship in Detroit.

The Trempealeau team took home two Rookie Awards.

High school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week period that solved a problem using a kit of parts and standard set of rules.

FIRST POWER UP, the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition game, finds teams trapped in an 8-bit video game. Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss: Tipping the scale or alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points, exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a timed temporary advantage during the match, and climbing the scale tower to face the boss. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match, which includes autonomous and teleoperated periods, defeats the boss and wins the game.

“It was great to once again have a field of high quality teams from throughout the Midwest. The opportunity to showcase La Crosse, our industries, and educational offerings will attract those participants back to the La Crosse area in the future.” said Steve Bissen, Chairman of the Seven Rivers Region FIRST Robotics Competition. “The competition on the field was fantastic, and having the #8 seed alliance take the finals over the #6 seed alliance is something not often seen in the FIRST world. We are slowly breaking out of the ‘best kept secret’ status as more and more community members attended the event. With the ongoing support of the Seven Rivers area, this competition will continue to grow and inspire students to study math, science and engineering.”

Winners of the 2018 Seven Rivers Region FIRST Robotics Competition Awards include:

Regional Chairman’s Award
KING TeC - Prior Lake MN Team #2169
(highest award of the competition)

Engineering Inspiration Award
Team Titanium - Lee’s Summit MO Team #1986
(second highest award of competition)

Highest Rookie Seed & Rookie Inspiration Award
TC Robotics – Arcadia WI Team #7021

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
David Shike

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
Seven Rivers Robotics Coalition

Regional Champion
Robot Casserole - Peoria IL Team #1736, Wave Robotics- Oshkosh WI Team #2826, and Riverside Robo Tigers Milwaukee WI Team #2830

Regional Finalists
Martin Motion – Neponset IL Team # 6237, Stateline Robotics – Rockton IL Team #4655, and KING TeC - Prior Lake MN Team #2169

Safety Award
C.O.R.E Robotics - Waukesha IL Team #2062

Industrial Design Award
Argos – Peoria IL Team #1756

Judges’ Award
STEMPunk – Two Rivers WI Team #4531

Entrepreneurship Award
F.U.N. – La Porte City IA Team #6630

Team Spirit Award
Bluejacket Robotics Cambridge MN Team #5464

Excellence in Engineering Award
Team SCREAM – Sedalia MO Team #4522

Gracious Professionalism Award
Charger Robotics – Sussex WI Team #537

Creativity Award
New Berlin Blitz – New Berlin WI Team #5148

Quality Award
Mukwonago BEAR’s – Mukwonago WI Team #930

Innovation in Control Award
Wave Robotics - Oshkosh WI Team #2826

Imagery Award
Robot Casserole - Peoria IL Team #1736


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