Wrecker Robotics Wins States, Qualifies for Worlds

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Wrecker Robotics Wins States, Qualifies for Worlds

With the Second Place Inspire Award at the State Championship, Wrecker Robotics has won their ticket to the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

With the Second Place Inspire Award at the State Championship, Wrecker Robotics has won their ticket to the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

Graphic by Alex Greene and Ellie Kalatzi

With the Second Place Inspire Award at the State Championship, Wrecker Robotics has won their ticket to the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

Graphic by Alex Greene and Ellie Kalatzi

Graphic by Alex Greene and Ellie Kalatzi

With the Second Place Inspire Award at the State Championship, Wrecker Robotics has won their ticket to the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

Ben Goldschlager, Staff Writer

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To learn about the team’s journey to States and see a Wrecker Robotics slideshow, read Wrecker Robotics Heads to State Championship

 

On Feb. 16, Wrecker Robotics won their ticket to the World Championship competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Competing against 27 other teams in the Connecticut State Championship at Greens Farms Academy, Wrecker Robotics won First Place Alliance—along with the teams Landroid and Say Watt—as well as taking home the Rockwell Innovate Award and the Second Place Inspire Award.

It was the Second Place Inspire Award that won them their ticket to the World Championships, which they won for a well-built robot, a great team dynamic, and notable community outreach.

Overall, Wrecker Robotics finished in eighth place before the final bracket. However, because the top four teams pick their alliance partners for the final bracket, one of the top four seeds picked Wrecker Robotics to compete with them in the final round.

“They knew we were a good team, and we just got unlucky,” said Alec Solder ’14, co-captain of Wrecker Robotics.

Before the final bracket were five qualifier rounds, of which Wrecker Robotics won three. Still, even with the moderate success, they did have to deal with a few pretty poor alliance partners.

“One robot we were partnered with didn’t move,” Solder said. “It only lifted at the end, and our robot is incapable of being lifted, so we had to try to win that game by ourselves.”

Regardless of good or bad alliances, Wreckers Robotics will continue to improve their robot in preparation for the competition in St. Louis—but they’re not only working on their robot. While teammate Max Liben ’14 would jump at the chance to “showcase [their] updates to the robot at Worlds,” the team first has to raise $10,000 to get themselves there.

Once their quota is reached, Solder will be accompanied to the World Championship by co-captain Troy Fantini ’14, as well as teammates Liben, Eric Pan ’14, Will Moeller ’14, and Ian Blanchardon ’15.

“Nothing could be better,” Solder said. “We’re looking forward to the World Championship in April.”

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