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WMS Robotics to State Championship

Woodbury Middle School robotics team to compete in state championship
Posted on 12/12/2018
Two Woodbury Middle School robotics teams were finalists in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition in Eden Prairie over the weekend of December 8. One of the teams, the Rocket Boiz, will advance to the State Championship Tournament, which will be held at the Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul on February 8 and 9.

The Rocket Boiz earned two trophies and an award at the qualifying competition. The following students are on the team: Joey Capistrant, Kaleb Girma, Woobin Jeong, Eunsol Lee, Mateo Olson, Seth Schardt, Arjun Senthivel, Vincent Vue and Henry Wolsky. The Rocket Boiz are coached by Girma Feyissa, Craig Schardt and You Vue.

In addition to earning the Winning Alliance trophy, the Rocket Boiz were recognized with the Design Award and an Inspire Award. The Design Award recognizes teams that use industrial design elements in their robots by giving them a clean or decorative look. The Inspire Award is given to the team that embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The award also recognizes the team’s ability to be a gracious competitor.

The Duck Tape Legendz were also finalists at the competition in Eden Prairie. The following students are on the team: Allison Fownes, Connor Grady, Kathryn Lavalle, Lleyton Lee, Francesco Lindquist, Piam Peters, Siddarth Radhakrishnan and Jackson Toenjes. The team is coached by Sean Grady and Paul Lee.

The Duck Tape Legendz was named a Finalist Alliance team and earned the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, which is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game.

This is the first year of competition for both Woodbury Middle School teams. Congratulations to both on their accomplishments!