Waukee Robotics Team Wins FTC League Championship
Team 5340, Waukee High School’s (WHS) FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics team, qualified for state after winning the league championship!
At the league championship, 26 teams from around the Des Moines metro area met to compete in qualifying matches, participate in judging reviews with industry experts and compete in final matches with selected alliances. In the end, Team 5340 captained the winning alliance of the championship match.
Beginning in September, teams from across the country began designing, building, programming and competing in this year’s FTC game challenge.
WHS Team 5340 took part in fundraising, community outreach and plenty of hard work in designing, programming and fabrication to work their way to the FTC League Championship.
Even more impressive than the competitive success of the team was their gracious professionalism. Multiple teams and coaches commented on how kind, helpful and generous the team was at the competition. Between matches of heated competition, members from the WHS FTC Robotics team could be found helping other teams troubleshoot their programs, repairing other teams’ robots, lending tools and materials to teams that did not have access to equipment and teaching teams how to set up their communication system for practice. “The fact that Waukee was able to compete at such a high level while helping their competitors to be their best was more rewarding than any trophy,” Tyler Wright, WHS FTC Robotics team sponsor, said.
“I enjoyed the working environment. Our collaboration and teamwork has given me skills that will definitely help me in whatever I do in the future,” Senior Sai Gugulothu.
Team 5340 competed at the FTC Iowa State Championship in Iowa City on March 6-7. Waukee was seeded fourth overall in the Gold Division and was picked by the number one seed in their division. They teamed up and lost in the semifinal round. Congratulations on a great season, Waukee!
|Great job, Team 5340!|