By CALEB SLINKARD
The Greenville Independent School District notched another victory in what has become a long line of engineering success as FRC 148 placed third in the FIRST Robotics World Championship last weekend in St. Louis.
Their performance is the team’s best since 2008, according to team mentor Adrienne Emerson. The Robowranglers qualified for the competition by winning the Lone Star Regional in Houston and the Dallas Regional.
“The performance of our students, coaches and mentors was no less than world class this past weekend,” GISD Superintendent Don Jefferies said. “The sophistication and ability of Number 148’s robot is testament to the love and time dedicated to the GHS robotics program. We could not perform at this level without the support of L-3 and IFI and the incredible talent of our students and coaches. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the Robowranglers.”
The Robowranglers began the competition going 6-2 in the qualification rounds, which earned them a 15 seed in their division. They were selected to part of an alliance that consisted of the number once ranked team, the Citrus Circuits from California, and Lightening Robotics from Michigan.
The Robowranglers’ alliance won their division and then placed third against the three other division winners.
The Robowranglers are sponsored by Innovation First International, L-3 Mission Integration and Greenville ISD. The team consists of 29 Greenville High School students, 18 volunteer mentors and two teachers.
“Innovation First International is extremely proud of the Robowranglers’ accomplishments in St. Louis this past weekend,” Tony Norman, president and CEO of Innovation First International, said. “They run an efficient and effective team that prepares students for many of the real-world challenges they will face in their professional careers. We are honored to sponsor and mentor FRC team 148, and we are encouraged to see GISD’s robotics programs improving STEM education for the students in our local community.”
IFI also sponsors Team 1477, Texas Torque from the Woodlands. Team 1477 was part of the overall winning alliance. Both robots, along with other FIRST robots, use VEXpro parts created and designed by Innovation First to serve the FIRST Robotics Competition community.
For more information on the Robowranglers, visit www.robowranglers148.com.