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Mount St. Mary and Kingfisher Advance from SWOSU Robotics Competition

December 9, 2009

SWOSU Robotics Competition
Kingfisher students prepare for one of the robotics competition events held December 5 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Kingfisher ended up winning the Inspire Award and advanced to the national competition in Atlanta this April. Mount St. Mary of Oklahoma City also qualified for nationals from the SWOSU regional event. 

Over 200 high school students representing 26 teams from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas competed December 5 in the first-ever Oklahoma Regional First Tech Challenge Robotics Championship competition held at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Teams from Oklahoma City Mount St. Mary and Kingfisher will advance to the national competition in Atlanta this April for winning the top awards at the SWOSU event. The regional competition at SWOSU was one of 48 being held across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Holland.

FTC is a robotics competition that incorporates the design, build, and programming of robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. 

The competition was very exciting with 12 teams playing for berths in the semifinals and finals. In the end, it was Alliance 1 of Mount St. Mary Atomic Shock II, Kingfisher RobostingerZ and Bristow Bot-Pirates that took first place following a competitive battle with the Muskogee Indian Capital Centurions, Altus Southwest Tech Center Longshots and the Sapulpa Throw Bots.  Since Mount St. Mary was the team captain of Alliance 1, the Oklahoma City school will advance to the national competition.

The Kingfisher team also advanced by winning the Inspire Award, which is a judged award for the team that takes on challenges well beyond the program.

Other winning judged awards were: Mount St. Mary, Rockwell Collins Award, team with the most ingenuity and inventiveness; Muskogee Indian Capital Technology Center, PTC Design Award, team with the most compelling industrial design elements;  San Antonio (TX), Connect Award, team most connected to the local and engineering community;  Union City High School, Motivate Award, team with outstanding spirit and enthusiasm;  and Altus Southwest Technology Center, Think Award, team that best managed the design engineering process.

Brad Fitzgerald, who spearheaded the competition for the SWOSU Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, said the judges were very impressed with the quality of the students from all the teams and their level of preparation for the competition.

The first-ever event on the SWOSU campus was a success and the university will start preparations for the 2010 event. For additional information, contact Brad Fitzgerald at (580) 774-3161 or brad.fitzgerald@swosu.edu.

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