Source: Robotics Headed to Worlds
Author: Dan Riehl
Riveters go to Robotics World Championships
The Mercy High School FIRST Robotics Team 1481 – The Riveters, competed at the Michigan State Championship over the weekend at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids and qualified for the World Championship to be held April 27 – 30, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. This is the culmination of a competitive season that started on January 8th with the challenge from FIRST Robotics for this year. The game called Stronghold is a series of challenges with a medieval themed playing field.
Michigan has the most FIRST Robotics teams of any state in the country, but teams from an all-girls High School are rare. The team performed in two district competitions (Southfield High School and Centerline High School) to earn enough points to qualify for the Michigan State Championship. They ended up ranked 53rd of a field of 411 robotics teams throughout the state. This is a remarkable feat considering this is only their second year of competition.
Along the way, the team was recognized with several prestigious awards including the Industrial Design Award, the Quality Award, and the Industrial Safety Award. At the state championship, The Riveters were awarded the Jack Kamen Imagery Award, which recognizes them as the number 1 team for Imagery in the State of Michigan. Our Polka Dot theme based on “Rosie the Riveter” has inspired the team with the “We Can Do It” attitude.
The Riveters were the highest placing all-girls High School in the State of Michigan. The team sponsors include Autodesk, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, Articulus, Inc., Ford Motor Company, MetroBolt and Fastener, and Wright Beamer, LLC.
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