MHS WiredCats plan to compete in off-season

By: 
Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
The Mattawan WiredCats Robotics team competed April 26- 28, at the FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship in Detroit. One of the WiredCats alliance partners was a no-show  to compete, which placed the Mattawan team at a low rank of 63 out of 67 teams. In photo, the Drive team is shown with Mr. Radar in the pit on Tesla.   Photos courtesy of Mattawan WiredCats Mr. Radar is taking on the Boss in competition.   Photos courtesy of Mattawan WiredCats

   DETROIT - The Mattawan WiredCats Robotics team had a rough start Thursday morning, April 26, at the FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship in Detroit, when one of the alliance partners was a no-show to compete, which placed the Mattawan team at a low rank of 63 out of 67 teams, according to WiredCats Robotics Coach April Turner.
   “The drive team fought to come back up in the rankings. Over the next nine matches, the drive team demonstrated how well our robot is at putting cubes on the scale,” said Turner.
   According to Turner, the team finished qualification matches ranked 21 out of 67 teams. During alliance selection, the WiredCats were chosen in the first round by the eighth seeded alliance captain.
   “Our alliance was up against the first seeded alliance, where the team put up a good fight, but were eliminated in the quarter finals,” said Turner.
   “The WiredCats were disappointed with the loss, but happy with our team and robot performance.”
   Looking ahead  to the off-season, Turner said, “The team plans to take some time off and relax to recover from a busy competition season. The team is looking into competing at some off-season events.”
   The WiredCats expressed their thanks to their many sponsors, including: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Monsanto Fund, Kaiser Aluminum, Western Diversified Plastic and Mol-Son, Schupan Aluminum & Plastic Sales, Mattawan Public Education Foundation, Albemarle Corporation, On-weller CNC & Crafts, Best Way Disposal, Esto Connectors, Rob’s Tire and Auto Care, LLC, John J. Hazelhoff Construction, LLC, Paw Paw Veterinary Clinic, Mattawan Consolidated School, Bloomingdale Communications, SolidWorks, Getman Corporation, Michael W Sanders CFP, and Michigan Department of Education.
   FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway scooter, the insulin pump and portable dialysis machines. The World Championship in Detroit featured 15,000 students on 700 teams, competing with 640 robots.

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