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Charger Robotics takes first at Wisconsin regional

Hamilton High School’s Charger Robotics Team took first place with two alliance partners March 10 at the Wisconsin regional competition at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The Chargers partnered with the Techno Knights from Savage, Minn., and the Fondy Fire from Fond du Lac.

In addition to picking up the regional championship, the team earned two prestigious awards. They were honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award for their efforts to recruit students to engineering and community outreach. The award is the second highest team award that FIRST bestows. In addition, the team earned the Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, which celebrates the most unique control system or application of control components to provide innovative machine functions for a team robot.

These accomplishments earn Charger Robotics entrance into the championship event in Atlanta in April. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — was founded in 1992 by Inventor Dean Kamen to encourage students to consider careers in science and technology. The FIRST Robotics competition now features more than 1,125 teams from around the world, 33 regional events and a 330-team championship in Atlanta.