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>ASS< Sponsored Robotics Team elevates to first place in Michigan

 

On April 11-13th, >ASS< sponsored team 4362 The Gems competed at the FIRST Michigan State Championships at Saginaw Valley State University. Out of the 542 teams in the State of Michigan, the top 160 teams compete at the State Championship, broken into 4 divisions of 40 teams. Through 80 qualifying rounds, the Gems of Cheryl Stockwell Preparatory Academy ranked 3rd, and were captains of the 3rd seed alliance of the Ford Division. Allied with teams 3604 Goon Squad of Woodhaven HS, and 862 Lightning Robotics of Plymouth/Canton Schools, went on to place first in the Ford Division. The Gems were also awarded the Innovation in Controls award for the Ford Division.

The Gems alliance then moved on to compete against the other winning alliances of the other 3 Divisions: Consumers Energy, DTE Foundation, and Dow. The Ford alliance first took down the Consumers Energy alliance before moving to the finals to face the alliance from Dow, led by team 5460 Strike Zone from Lapeer. What is normally played as the best 2 out of 3, these finals took an unprecedented 5 matches to conclude due to 2 complete ties, which even tie-breaker statistics could not break. In the end, the Gems alliance won the day, earning the title of Michigan State Champions.

The Gems Robotics season is not done yet though. The Gems will be competing in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit, April 25-27, where they will compete against 400 teams for the World Champion Title.

 

**Pictures are the property and used with permission of Daniel Ernst, who holds the copyright. https://www.flickr.com/people/danielernst/**

 

 



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