The James Madison High School Robotics team, the Warbots, earned Finalist status at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Chesapeake District tournament held at Oxon Hill, Md. The FRC competition is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build robots that weigh up to 125 pounds and perform specific tasks on a field to earn points.

The Warbots started the FRC season by brainstorming ideas for each major part of their robot. Also, they split into sub-teams, including mechanical, programming, build, and electronics. After much work, the Warbots integrated all the components to form their working robot.

At the recent FRC tournament, the Warbots became one of the Alliance team captains based on their robot’s stellar performances, so they scouted other teams and formed an Alliance with two FRC teams from Woodbridge and from Severn, Md. After several hard-fought matches, the Warbots Alliance advanced to the Finals. Ultimately, the Warbot Alliance attained 2nd place overall.

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