Congratulations to the Winsor Wildbots! The team competed at the Massachusetts FTC State Championship this past weekend, ending the season ranked in the top 20 teams in Massachusetts. They were also recognized as the runner-up to the Connect Award: Connecting the dots between community, FIRST, and the diversity of the engineering world.
The team was on a roll all winter, earning the coveted Control Award at the Wild West 2.0 FTC Competition at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, MA in February. A programming award sponsored by Arm, Inc., the Control Award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to increase the robot’s functionality, demonstrating innovative thinking to solve game challenges, display intelligent control, or achieve better results. In addition, in January, the Wildbots took home the Inspire Award, the highest award at qualifier events, for the second year in a row, qualifying them for the State Championships.
“This team is only in its third year competing, and they continue to perform extraordinarily well,” says Jason Cox, faculty advisor and coach of the team. “For a new, all-girls team to win one of the programming awards sets a great example, and helps raise awareness and interest in the club at Winsor and beyond.”
Inspired by the Wildbot’s success, Winsor’s first Lower School LEGO Robotics Team, the Wild Wires, also began competing. In their first competetion, the team earned the Gracious Professionalism Award, and qualified to compete with 72 other teams at the MA West Championships.