Local Robotics Team Wins Big This Weekend in Maryland and West Virginia

MCubed is the robot in the bottom right corner

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MCubed Robotics

MCubed robotics team with their Inspire Award banner at West Virginia State Championship

Over the weekend, the local robotics team, MCubed, won the most prestigious award in the organization at the Southern Maryland qualifier and the West Virginia State championship. The “Inspire Award” is an award given to a team that “shares their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as this unit, this team showed success in preforming the task of designing and building the robot.”

The team travelled to California, Maryland on Friday and competed Saturday along with 15 other high school teams across Maryland and Virginia. Although the robot did not perform as well as intended, MCubed earned the Inspire Award. This award is a ticket to the Maryland State Championship in February.

After competing in Maryland, the team drove 5 hours to Fairmont, West Virginia for the WV State Championship the next day. MCubed competed with 20 other teams from around the state plus Kentucky, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Indiana. The robot did not perform as expected, but again the team was awarded with the Inspire Award. This time, the award gave the team a spot to the World Championship in Detroit, MI.

MCubed’s Robot

The team competes in an organization named FIRST, an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. MCubed is a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, and each year each team is given a challenge to beat. The challenge is released in September of each year and teams have guidelines they have to follow when it comes to building a robot. For MCubed, they had a timeline of about 4 months to design and fabricate a robot from scratch.

For more information about MCubed, visit its website here. For more information about FIRST visit its website here.