Three Howell FIRST Tech Challenge teams heading to state championship

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Robotics students pose for a photo during a qualifying event.

Three Howell Public Schools FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams have advanced to the FIRST in Michigan FTC State Championship which will be held December 13-15 in Battle Creek. The teams advancing are Team #15229 Kids Understanding Developing Outstanding Science (KUDOS) Team #10538 Kids Inventing Learning Technology Science (KILTS) and Team #8646 Kids Acting Out Science (KAOS). The teams are advancing based on their performance at two qualifying competitions.

Team #15229 KUDOS qualified for the state event at the Mason Qualifier Competition. At the event, the team was selected to be part of an alliance and advanced to the finals before being eliminated.

Team #10538 KILTS also secured its place at the state finals during the Mason Qualifier Competition were it was selected to join an alliance for the semifinals before being eliminated. The team claimed the PTC Design Award and was running up for the Control Award, Inspire Award, and the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award.

Team #8646 KAOS advanced earned its spot at the state finals during the Howell Qualifier Competition where it finished match play in second place and advanced to the semifinals as an alliance team captain. The team advanced to the finals before being eliminated.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Team #8646 KAOS and Team #10538 KILTS have advanced to the state finals. It will be the first time for team #15229 KUDOS who are currently in their rookie season.

Howell’s fourth FTC Team, Team #15465 Kids Robotics and Science of Howell (KRASH) fell short of advancing to the state finals but had an impressive rookie season. At the Mason  Mason Qualifier Competition, the team earned the Control Award and were finalists for the Motivate Award at the Howell Qualifier Competition.

This year’s FTC competition is Rover Ruckus. In Rover Ruckus, the student created and operated robots will work in a three-team alliance as they try to a higher score than the opposing alliance by descending from the Lander, collecting Minerals from the Crater and sort Minerals into the Cargo Hold of the Lander.

The  FIRST in Michigan FTC State Championship will be held Dec. 13-15 at Kellogg Arena located at 36 W. Hamblin Ave. in Battle Creek.

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