The BEAST Robotics team (a Brookfield Central, Brookfield East co-op) and Wisconsin Hills' GEarheads team advanced to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships that took place in Detroit from April 24-27. The event hosted more than 43,000 attendees with over 17,000 students from 37 different countries competing with team-built robots to show their skills in innovation.
BEAST Robotics won the Entrepreneurship Award in the Daly Division, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. The GEarheads were awarded the first-place Project Research Award among 108 teams, recognizing their utilization of diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they identified and develop a solution.
"These accolades are a testament to the amazing work and dedication of our students," said Richard Oakes, BEAST Robotics Advisor. "The continued expansion of the FIRST program in Elmbrook shows the growing importance of STEM in education." At the competition, Elmbrook teams represented two of the four total divisions in FIRST with BEAST competing in the FIRST Robotic Competition and the GEarheads competing in the FIRST Lego League.
Congratulations to the students and advisors of BEAST Robotics and the WHMS GEarheads!
(Pictured below at FIRST World Championships, top: BEAST Robotics, bottom: GEarheads)