ANKENY, Iowa (February 8, 2016) - Robotics teams from Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial High School have qualified for the state championship. Both teams participated in the FIRSTTech Challenge (FTC) league championship on January 31 against 27 other teams, where they advanced to state.
AHS team DICE made it to the finals, won the Think award for their engineering notebook, and took home the second place Inspire award. The Inspire award, according to FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology), is given to “a role model FTC team” and is considered the highest overall award a team can win.
This is the fifth consecutive year DICE has qualified for the state championship.
"This year has really been exceptional for us," said Matthew Brucker, AHS team captain. "Everyone has worked so hard and so well together that we are really firing on all cylinders!”
ACHS team Kickstart was a member of the winning alliance and received the third
place Inspire award.
This is the third consecutive year Kickstart has qualified for the state championship.
Kickstart's and DICE’s excellent performances qualify them for the Iowa FTC State Championship in Coralville on March 4 - 5, where they
will be competing against the 50 best teams in the state.
About FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Tech Competitions
FIRSTTech Challenge (FTC) robotics competitions follow a sports model to allow students to
participate in competitions with a robot that they have built. The
robotics competitions consist of an "autonomous period" and
driver-controlled matches. In the "autonomous period," the robots go
through 30 seconds of pre-programmed motions to complete a specific
task. In the driver-controlled portion, two robots are pitted against
two other robots in a two-minute match. The students don’t know who
their teammate or opponents for the matches will be until the morning of
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