On Saturday, May 5, members from Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, attended the Simsbury Mini Maker Faire, a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Robotics at Walker's
It started with a group of girls who approached a physics teacher at Walker's and said, "We want to build a robot."
Today they are called the Wirecats, and they compete internationally in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which gives high school girls an international stage for exhibiting their skill in engineering. FIRST says its Robotics combines "the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology." Teams have strict rules, limited resources, and industrial-strength competitors.
The Wirecats' challenge is to build a robot that will compete in a game designed by the competition organizers. Teams can form alliances and share resources, even while competing against each other. This accomplishes two of FIRST's goals: Higher levels of engineering team performance, and a new type of professionalism that emphasizes collective success.
The Wirecats won their state district event in their second season and is the first all-girls team to win a New England district event. In 2016, the Wirecats became the first New England all-girls team to compete in the World Championships.
Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, were the winners of the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics New England District Waterbury Event, held March 4-6 at Wilby High School.