Black Hawk Robotics qualifies for world championship | Local News

For the sixth year in a row, the Black Hawk Robotics team qualified for the First Robotics Competition World Championship. The Rockwall-Heath High School robotics team won the Rock City Regional and the Chairman’s Award in Little Rock, Ark., on March 11. 

First is a global organization created to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders through after school robotics programs and competitions. Each year teams design a robot that can complete a specific set of tasks. This year’s game demands a robot that can shoot plastic balls into high and low goals, place gears to activate rotors and climb a rope to an airship control center.

Over the three-day regional, the team competed with 51 other teams from around the United States and Mexico. 

After nine qualifying matches, the team was undefeated and ranked first. This ranking allowed the team to have the first pick in team alliance selections. 

After extensive scouting of every team in the competition, the Black Hawks allied with team 16, Bomb Squad, from Mountain Home, Ark. and team 3991, KnightVision, from Baton Rouge, La.

“These three teams created a strong alliance because they worked well together and made up for each other’s shortcomings,” said Paul Copioli, Black Hawks’ team mentor. “It was rewarding to see all our hard work scouting pay off when we selected a successful alliance.”

“It feels great to win after six intense weeks of designing and building the robot,” said team co-captain Madison Drake. “A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make this possible. We couldn’t do this without the help of our sponsors and mentors and all the hard work of our sub teams year after year.”

The team also received the Chairman’s Award. This award is the most prestigious award in First: it honors…

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