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WI FIRST teams dominate Midwest and St. Louis Regionals PDF Print
Monday, March 29, 2004 6:00 pm
Robotics teams from WI have done well in regional competition and will move on to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) championship event in Atlanta, GA April 15-18.

FIRST Robotics is the worlds largest high school robotics competition , and now has over 800 teams in the US, Canada and South America. There are 26 regional competitions which help determine which teams compete in the championship event.

Some of the teams participating from WI in regional competition to date are Appleton Area School District, Sussex Hamilton, Hartford Union, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Washington Milwaukee high schools.

Teams receiving awards during competition include:
  • Team 93- Appleton Area School District – Woodie Flowers Award, St. Louis Regional
  • Team 269 – Oconomowoc High School – Regional Winner, Midwest Regional
  • Team 537 – Sussex Hamilton High School – Regional Winners and Auto Desk Award for
    Visualization, St. Louis Regional; Woodie Flowers Award and Judges Award, Midwest
    Regional
  • Team 930 – Mukwonago High School – Regional Winner, Midwest Regional

FIRST Robotics partners professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem through intense competition. The program was established by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to encourage students to explore careers in science and technology. Each year teams of high school students work closely with engineers, programmers, machinists and other professionals to meet the challenge of a new game put out by FIRST.

The robots are built from a specific “Kit of Parts” and a detailed set of suppliers. To ensure that teams are on equal footing, all teams simultaneously receive the rules at the start of the competition season and have the same deadline to ship their robots for competition.