Lane Tech showed up strong to the World Championships in St. Louis! As mentioned in a previous post: Lane Tech’s Robotics Team Takes Home the Rookie All Star Award, the team received the Rookie All Star Award at the Midwest Regional Tournament in April, which qualified them for the World Championships.
Their team, X-Machina, finished with a winning 5-3 record and came in 39th in their division of 100. Over 400 teams and 12,000 students from around the world participated in the event and the Lane Team created quite a buzz with their autonomous mode accuracy and defensive strategies.
Due to the success of this Rookie team, Lane Tech is starting two FLL (FIRST Lego League) teams next year. The FLL teams will be coached and mentored entirely by the students in Lane’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) programs. FIRST Robotics is an organization founded in 1989 that encourages young people to participate in mentor-based robotics competitions that spark interest in engineering and technology.
In addition, their GEMS club (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) has expressed interest in starting their own all-girls FTC team. This will bring the total number of teams in the Lane Tech Robotics program to six. As stated on X-Machina’s website, “FIRST’s many levels of competitive programs foster valuable life skills including communication, leadership, gracious professionalism and self-confidence.”
We are proud to support this team and hope the students had an invaluable learning experience throughout this process. Congratulations!