St. Francis' Robotics Team Crowned Engineering Division World Champion

Published : Friday, April 24, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Congratulations to the St. Francis High School Robotics Team, Team Brobot, on winning the 2015 VEX Robotics (Engineering Division) World Championship on Saturday, April 16, 2015! Over 12,000 schools from 29 different nations competed throughout the school year just to qualify to be one of the 450 high school teams in the World Championship competition. Out of the 90 teams in the Engineering Division, Team Brobot and its alliance finished in 1st place and earned the title of the Engineering Division World Champion. Overall, St. Francis placed 4th out of the 450 teams competing in the World Championship. All the while, the young men from St. Francis had smiles on their faces and worked extremely well in partnership with the other teams from different countries. The St. Francis High School family is proud of Team Brobot’s remarkable accomplishment and thankful for the dedication and sportsmanship demonstrated by this special group of young men.

In August 2010, the St. Francis Robotics Team, affectionately known at Team Brobot, was established as an extracurricular club at St. Francis High School in order to inspire Golden Knights to become future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Originally started by seven highly motivated young men, Team Brobot has grown into an award-winning competitor consisting of over 40 members from all four classes. Throughout the school year team members are actively engaged in exciting mentor-based opportunities involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The team competes in various forums including VEX, FRC, FTC and the JPL Invention Challenge. Team members meet regularly as they collaborate to design, build, and program their robots. Since its formation, Team Brobot has received numerous awards. Most significantly, the team remains heavily involved in several outreach and community service programs aimed at educating and inspiring the community’s youth. In doing so, this group has certainly lived up to the team’s motto “Building Brotherhood One Robot at a Time”.

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Over the weekend, 450 high school teams from 29 nations gathered at the Kentucky Exposition Center to compete with custom-built robots during three days of intense back-to-back matches. Teams sought to be crowned champions of VEX Worlds 2015, the culminating event of the season, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

“These students spent countless hours designing, building, programming and testing their robots over the course of the season at more than 1,000 local, state, and regional competitions,” said Jason Morrella, President of the REC Foundation. “The truth is that all of these students leave the competition as winners. The teamwork and problem-solving skills they take away from this experience will successfully prepare them for future careers in STEM fields and serve them throughout their lives.”

The global championship kicked off Thursday with a festive parade of nations, where students from all the teams made their way into Freedom Hall to proudly display their respective country’s colorful flags. Following the parade, the teams began an intense afternoon of back-to-back qualification matches and skills challenges. On Friday, the excitement was palpable as teams continued to run through qualifications, and closed the day with the 2015-2016 New Game Reveal. By Saturday, qualification rounds ended and the top performing teams went through the alliance selection process. A stunning pyrotechnic and light show experience lent a festive atmosphere as teams entered into finals and award ceremonies.

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