Group of students with robot and blue banner award

Since mid-March, the Wayland Wildcats robotics team has been competing with the hope of attending the World Competition in Houston, Texas. The first district competition the team participated in resulted in #6090 receiving the Industrial Design Award, which is given to a team that demonstrates industrial design principles through a balance of form, function, and aesthetics. In order to receive this award, the team had to describe how their robot is elegant, efficient, and practical; the entire design had to be worthy of recognition; and the robot had to distinguish itself from others by its aesthetic and functional design. 

During their second district competition, the team earned a blue banner and received the Gracious Professionalism Award. The Gracious Professionalism Award goes to a team that is a fierce competitor while simultaneously treating everyone with respect, both on and off the field. This competition also officially earned the team enough points to qualify for the FIRST Michigan State Championship.

At the state championships, #6090 finished 2nd in their division. They are currently ranked 24th in the state (out of 622 teams) and qualified for Worlds in Houston, Texas, on April 17–20. We wish our team and all of the West Michigan teams heading down to Texas this week good luck as they finish out their robotics season at Worlds.

Pictured above: The Wayland Robotics team with their Blue Banner and Gracious Professionalism Award from the 2nd district competition.