MPS High School Robotics Team Wins Wisconsin Regional Competition
Amazing Comeback Sends Team to FIRST Robotics World Championships
A robotics team that includes students from four Milwaukee Public Schools has qualified for the second year in a row to attend the prestigious FIRST Robotics World Championship after winning the Wisconsin Regional FIRST competition, held March 24-25, 2017 in Milwaukee.
Team 1675 –known as the “Ultimate Protection Squad” – includes students from Milwaukee School of Languages, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School and Rufus King International High School.
“Our victory is the result of a remarkably fast turnaround that included the team substantially rebuilding the robot in 10 days. After a disappointing finish – ranking 34 out of 52 – at another competition on March 11, we worked together to evaluate the situation. Collectively we made a very hard choice: to essentially start from scratch and rebuild the robot, which originally had taken six weeks to construct and program,” said Tim Lund, IB Physics teacher at Rufus King and Team 1675 mentor.
In less than a week, working at Bradley Tech, team members built new devices and tested them on a practice robot, as the competition robot cannot be touched between events. That meant the final changes had to be completed in less than four hours on March 23 to ensure practice time on the competition field before the Wisconsin regional began.
“The hard work paid off. We got the job done – ahead of schedule – and became one of the top gear-scoring robots at the Milwaukee competition,” Lund said. At the end of the qualifying rounds, Team 1675 ranked 11th and was selected by the #4 seed, Marquette High School/Divine Savior Holy Angels, along with a team from the Fond du Lac area. The alliance went on to out-score the competition in some very close matches.
Winning the Wisconsin regional means the team has qualified to attend the FIRST Championship, which takes place April 26-29 in St. Louis. Some 400 teams from around the world will be competing. The team needs to raise at least $19,000 to travel to the event. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the Milwaukee Robotics Coalition, 1603 E. Oklahoma Ave. P.O. Box 70330, Milwaukee WI 53207.
Team 1675 is sponsored by Rockwell Automation, GE Volunteers of GE Healthcare, George Mosher, HellermannTyton, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Johnson Controls, Aluma-Tec Industries, and the Milwaukee Robotics Coalition. Learn more about The Ultimate Protection Squad at www.team1675.net.
Caption: Team 1675 includes students from Rufus King, Ronald Reagan, Bradley Tech and Milwaukee School of Languages High Schools.
Caption: Students from Ronald Reagan and Rufus King High School make repairs to their robot between matches during the finals at the Wisconsin Regional.
Caption: Students from Rufus King and Ronald Reagan High School celebrate their win at the FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional on Saturday.
Caption: Team 1675’s robot scores by hanging a gear during the Wisconsin Regional on Saturday, March 25 at the UWM Panther Arena.
MPS Milwaukee Regional Competition Notes:
- The Wisconsin Regional included 54 teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.
- MPS has had regional winners three years in a row (Riverside in 2015, UPS in 2016 and 2017).
- Other MPS team results:
- Riverside High School (Team 2830) ranked 44th, selected by the #8 seed in the finals, and finished as quarter-finalists.
- Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education (Team 4247) ranked 42nd.
- Bay View High School (Team 6670) ranked 52nd.
- Riverside and Obama/SCTE are both competing in LaCrosse April 12-15l and still have a chance to qualify for the FIRST Championships this year.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST®LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org
MPS High School Robotics Team to Attend FIRST Robotics World Championships
A robotics team that includes students from six Milwaukee Public Schools has qualified for the prestigious FIRST Robotics World Championship, after winning the St. Louis Regional FIRST competition, held March 11-12.
Team 1675 – dubbed the “Ultimate Protection Squad” – includes students from Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, Rufus King International High School, Reagan College Preparatory High School, Washington High School of Information Technology, Veritas High School, and Milwaukeee School of Languages.
The team placed first in the St. Louis qualifying matches and went on to win the competition with its alliance partners. Team 1675 also won the Imagery Award for “attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.” Winning the regional qualifies the team to attend the April 27 – 30, 2016 FIRST Championships in St. Louis, an international competition with the very best teams competing from around the globe.
Outside of competitions, team members spend their time demonstrating their love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to their community. They perform robotic demonstrations and organize tournaments for younger students in an effort to increase exposure to STEM in the community.
The team also will compete at the FIRST Wisconsin Regional, where it will test the robot against local and international teams. The free event takes place at the UW- Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee March 24 – 26. All are welcome to attend as it is an exciting experience that will inspire everyone with science and technology.
Learn more about The Ultimate Protection Squad at http://www.team1675.net/
The team has set up a crowdfunding site for donations to support the team’s trip: https://king-high-wi.ed.co/frc-team-1675
For more information, contact Rebecca Ruechel, Team 1675 mentor, at (414)-367-9761 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 25, 2015
Team 1675 was at Rufus King vs Bradley Tech Junior Varsity, and Varsity basketball game. The demo of Professor X was a success during both half-times, the team and crowd loving it!
Milwaukee High School Robotics Team to Host FIRST Lego League Tournament
22 Teams of Elementary and Middle School Students to Attend
With a mission of increasing interest in STEM fields for young students, a high school FIRST Robotics Competition team from Milwaukee has taken on the task of hosting a FIRST Lego League tournament at Rufus King IB High Schoolthis Sunday. Teams of elementary and middle school students will compete in a game called Trash Trek using robots made of Lego Mindstorms.
What: FIRST Lego League Tournament
Who: 22 teams of elementary and middle school students and their hosts, Team 1675 or “The Ultimate Protection Squad” (which includes high school students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, Rufus King International School, Washington High School of Information Technology, and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory School)
When: Sunday, November 15th, with Opening Ceremonies at 12:15 and matches starting at 12:45
Where: Rufus King IB High School
Why: To increase the accessibility of STEM fields to young students
Milwaukee Robotics Team Partners with Boston Store for Community Days
Milwaukee, WI – A FIRST Robotics Competition team made up of Milwaukee students will be featured at Boston Store’s Community Days this Sunday, October 18th with a presentation and demo at 2:30pm near the Moorland Road entrance of their Brookfield Square location.
The team is called Team 1675 or “The Ultimate Protection Squad.” It includes students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School, Rufus King International School, Washington High School of Information Technology, and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory School. The demo will feature “Professor X” – a robot the team built for the 2014 competition season that was designed to play a game that involved shooting balls.
The Ultimate Protection Squad will be participating in Boston Store’s Community Days as a fundraiser, aiding students and their families in covering the costs of students’ travel to two regional competitions. The team encourages community members to come see some robots, learn about FIRST robotics, and pick up a Community Days booklet.
We Were On the News!
On October 18, 2015 at Brookfield Square Boston Store we showcased Professor X, and Atlas. During this time we had Ch. 12-WISN taking video of the whole event! Check out our own video of the event:
Don’t miss the footage of the Superheroes from the Ultimate Protection Squad receiving the 2013 Midwest Regional Chairman’s Award in Chicago.