Following a strong performance in Hartford at the New England District Championships April 13-16, Walker’s robotics team, the Wirecats, have qualified to compete in the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships, to be held April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Of the 63 registered teams at the New England District Championships, the Wirecats were among the top 42 to advance to the World Championships, based on ranking and total qualifying points from previous district events and awards. The team competed in 12 matches and were ranked 41 with a record of 5-7-0. The Wirecats are also the first all-girls team to win a New England district event.
“All of the girls’ achievements have been a team effort,” says team mentor Rob Dawson. “They have shown constant commitment to handle the situations and challenged presented to them.”
The Wirecats depart on Monday, April 25 for the World Championships, where they will compete against hundreds of other teams from around the world. The four day robotics Championship is comprised of three competitions: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival.