Five Northern Virginia high school robotics teams will face top competitors from around the world at the FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm in Detroit, Michigan April 24-27.
The teams won spots at the international tournament during the FIRST Chesapeake Championship over the weekend at George Mason’s EagleBank Arena.
The best high school robotics teams from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia faced-off at the district event at GMU.
Here are the area teams who qualified for the Detroit championship:
• FIRST Robotics Competition Team 614 – Night Hawks – Hayfield Secondary, Alexandria, Va.
• FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1418 – Vae Victis – Gerorge Mason HS, Falls Church, Va.
• FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1885 – ILITE Robotics – Battlefield HS, Haymarket, Va.
• FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5243 – Aegis Robotics – Centreville HS, Centreville, Va.
• FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5587 – Titan Robotics – T.C. Williams HS, Alexandria, Va.
“These students really rose to the occasion and displayed tremendous energy, ingenuity and teamwork,” said Leighann Scott Boland, executive director of FIRST Chesapeake, the non-profit that organized the District Championship. “They’ve sharpened their technical know-how and learned important life skills during this exhilarating season, and we will be rooting for them in Detroit!”
Working with volunteer mentors from their communities, the teams had just six weeks to design, build and test their industrial-sized robots.