The Ballard High School Robotics Team competed in the Robotics World Championships in Houston on April 20-22, where they took home top honors!
The win marks the school’s first world championship after beating teams from many countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Israel, and China.
The competition, dubbed the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is for students grades nine through 12. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams raise funds, design a brand, work on team-building skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team, in circumstances designed to replicate real-world engineering.
The 27-member Ballard High School Viking Robotics team built their robot during six weeks in January and February. After performing well in competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Mount Vernon High School, they advanced to the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University in early April. When they earned their spot there, they had less than two weeks to prepare and travel to Houston.
Congratulations to everyone involved!