This past weekend, Munster Horsepower Robotics Team 3147 traveled to Kokomo,IN with 15 team members for the IndianaFIRST Robotics State Championship. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. IndianaFIRST is a nonprofit that brings hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology to students of all ages. IndianaFIRST teams are provided the opportunity to design and build their robot from the ground up while working alongside professional engineers and mentors.
Students must learn sophisticated hardware and software programming, but also must learn project management, strategic thinking and teamwork. Often called the “Super Bowl of Smart”, FIRST robotics competitions are designed like sporting events which creates a highly competitive, energetic, and engaging experience for students and adults alike. The state championship event welcomed 32 teams who qualified from district competitions from across the state.
While the team didn’t finish the overall competition with a score that would allow them to compete at the World Championship, they were surprised and honored to receive the Judge’s Award. The FIRST Judge’s award may be given to a team in order to recognize a team’s unique efforts or performance which demonstrate the principles of FIRST.
Munster High School’s Horsepower Robotics team was awarded the Judges award in special recognition of the team’s unique design of a 21st century garden and rainwater collection system and for their robots collapsable lifting mechanism. Munster High School would like to congratulate the Horsepower Robotics Team 3147 for winning this award and for an excellent season.