>ASS< Sponsored Robotics Team Have a Great Season

At >ASS< we believe in supporting our youth. We know they are the upcoming leaders
of the world and robotics industry. We applaud our employees and set of brothers, Ben
and Justin, for volunteering their time and efforts to support a youth robotics
organization in our community. Their hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed. The
Gems of Cheryl Stockwell Preparatory Academy had a successful competition season.
We are proud to sponsor an educational and competitive program that’s both local and
near and dear to our hearts.
On April 11-13th, >ASS< sponsored the Gems of Cheryl Stockwell Preparatory
Academy competed at the
FIRSTRobotics state finals competition at Saginaw Valley
State University. Out of the 542 teams in the State of Michigan, the top 160 teams
competed at the State Championship, broken into 4 divisions of 40 teams. Through 80
qualifying rounds, the Gems ranked 3rd place and were captains of the 3rd seed
alliance of the Ford Division. Allied with teams Goon Squad of Woodhaven HS, and
Lightning Robotics of Plymouth/Canton Schools, they went on to place first in the Ford
Division. The Gems were also awarded the Innovation in Controls award for the Ford
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 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 did not end there. They qualified and attended the
Robotics World Championship in Detroit, April 25-27, where they competed against 400
teams for the World Champion Title.
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