Howell S.C.O.T.S. Bots wins district event, heading to state championship event

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The Howell High School FIRST Robotics team, the S.C.O.T.S. Bots claimed the prestigious Chairman’s Award, and was part of the winning alliance at the Lansing FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) District event on Saturday, April 6. Earning the Chairman’s Award qualifies the team to compete at the FIRST in Michigan State Championship April 10-13, 2019, at Saginaw Valley State University.

The Chairman’s award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The S.C.O.T.S. Bots had to complete a video, presentation, and essay which included highlighting the impact the team has had on the community, how they are spreading the message of FIRST, how team members act as role models, how the team works with other FIRST teams and describing the team’s business plan.

At the competition, the S.C.O.T.S. Bots finished match play in 8th place and were selected as a member of the first alliance with teams from Brighton High School and Brown City High School. The alliance was undefeated in all of the playoff matches.

Additionally, Morgan Carstensen was named a Dean’s List Award finalist. The Dean’s List Award honors the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, Carstensen will be interviewed at the FIRST in Michigan State Championship, and if selected, she will compete for a scholarship at the FIRST Robotics World Championship April 24-27 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

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