FTC Team Qualify for State Championship

Three Howell FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Teams Qualify for State Championship
Posted on 12/08/2023
A group photo of a youth robotics team called 'KRASH', with ten kids posing in front of a banner with a large 'FTC' logo in blue and red. The kids are wearing bright yellow safety vests over black clothes, adorned with multiple badges featuring robot designs. They are smiling and looking at the camera, with a couple of them holding a trophy and a robot model. The backdrop includes banners celebrating baseball achievements in a gym with a polished wooden floor.12/8/2023 - Three Howell Public Schools middle school robotics teams have earned the right to compete at the FIRST in Michigan FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship event later this month. Teams KRASH, KUDOS, and KAOS qualified for the state event based on their performance at various qualifying competitions. The FIRST in Michigan FTC Championship - NW will be held Dec. 15-17 at Parker Middle School.

Team KRASH earned the opportunity to compete at the state event by being the Finalist Alliance first team selected at the Midland Qualifier. Also at the event, KRASH earned second place for the Control Award, finished match play in fifth place, and advanced to the qualifier finals before being eliminated.

Team KUDOS punched their ticket to the state event as the Inspire Award second-place winner at the Lakeview Qualifier. At that event, KUDOS won the Think Award, placed second for the Motivate award, finished match play in sixth place, and advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated.

Team KAOS advanced to the state finals by being named the Inspire Award second-place winner at the Fruitport Qualifier. The team also won the Connect Award at the event and finished match play in 13th place.

This year’s FTC game is Centerstage. In Centerstage, the student-built robots must navigate the playing field to collect Pixels and earn points by placing them in the Backdrop or Backstage area of the playing field. In the game, there are different colored Pixels placed in specific patterns.

A group photo of a youth robotics team. The team, consisting of eight kids and two teens, is dressed in matching green t-shirts with the word 'KAOS' in bold letters and logos of a robot on them. They are posing in front of a banner featuring geometric shapes and the letters 'FTC'. Some team members are wearing baseball caps, and two are holding awards. One girl in the back is wearing a tiara. They are all smiling and appear proud of their achievements. The setting is a gymnasium with a grey floor and a section of blue bleachers in the background.

A group photo of a youth robotics team called 'KUDOS' along with their mentors. There are twelve kids and three adults, all wearing matching green t-shirts with a robot logo. Some team members also wear green baseball caps, and a few hold pom-poms and a trophy. They are posing with enthusiasm in a gymnasium in front of a banner with the FTC symbol, with a section of blue bleachers visible in the background."

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