Area robotics team’s alliance tops in FIRST World Competition n Detroit

   Stryke Force 4-H FIRST Robotics Team 2767 captured its second consecutive FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit on April 28. The team includes several students from Mattawan High School.
   More than 15,000 students from around the world put their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship in Detroit. The event was presented by Qualcomm Incorporated and held at the Cobo Center and Ford Field.
   It marked the culmination of the 2018 season where more than 91,000 high school students on 3,650 teams from 28 countries competed in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).2. Stryke Force was one of 405 FRC teams that qualified to compete in the Detroit FRC Championship event.
   The Detroit World Championship was a four-day event attended by more than 40,000 people and featured teams from around the world. After winning the competitive 68 team Daly subdivision, Stryke Force captained a four-team alliance to capture the overall title on Einstein Field Saturday night.
   This winning alliance was Team 2767 Stryke Force, Kalamazoo; Team 27, Team RUSH, Clarkston, Mich., Team 2708 Lake Effects Robotics, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Team 4027, Centre County 4-H Robotics, State College, Pa.
   Stryke Force is only the fourth team in FIRST history to win back-to-back World Championships, and is the first to do so as an alliance captain in each instance.
   On its way to qualifying for the Detroit Championship, Stryke Force won the St. Joseph and East Kentwood events, as well as its sub-division at the Michigan State Championship.
   Stryke Force 4-H FIRST Robotics Team 2767 is comprised of students interested in STEM and business careers. They come from local high schools and homeschools: Comstock, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo Central, Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center, Loy Norrix, Mattawan, Portage Central, Portage Northern, and Schoolcraft.
   Team 2767’s rookie season was 2008-2009 and has experienced tremendous growth and success.
   Stryke Force expressed their thanks to their 2018 sponsors that included:
   Stryker, Midlink Business Park, Kalamazoo Water Jet, CTS Telecom Inc, FabriKal, Buckham Sparks, EMA Design Automation, PTC, Allegra, Merrill Lynch The Mead Group, Kalamazoo County 4-H, and Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Area, Education for Employment (EFE), as well as all of their alliance partners from this year’s season.
   Other Awards for Stryke Force from the FIRST Robotics Competition in Detroit included the  Daly Subdivision Winner.
   Stryke Force Team 2767 will hold its annual Community Open House at Midlink Business Park, 5200 East Cork St.,  Kalamazoo, on May 14  and 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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