Lee’s Summit West High School’s Team Titanium Robotics recently qualified for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship by being part of the winning alliance at the Central Illinois Regional Tournament, held March 1-2 in the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, Ill.
A total of 40 teams from Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio competed in a game known as Aerial Assist. This year’s game challenged high-school students to work with engineers in their local community to design a robot that can pick up large yoga balls, pass them to partner robots and score them in elevated window goals. Teams were given just six weeks to complete the project. The competition is sponsored by FIRST, an organization dedicated to celebrating scientists and engineers.
At the end of the Illinois tournament, Team Titanium was honored with the Regional Chairman’s Award. The award is the “most prestigious award at FIRST; it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.” This award celebrates both the performance on the field as well as the community outreach efforts of the team.
Team Titanium has won eight of the last nine regional competitions they have attended, including the last seven consecutively, and have qualified for the Championship tournament the last six years. The World Championship is scheduled for April 23-26 in St. Louis. The LSWHS, LSNHS and LSHS teams will all compete at the Greater Kansas City regional March 13-15.