Ubly FIRST Robotics Team heading to World Championship
To earn this honor, the Bearcats competed most recently at the State Finals conducted April 12-15 at Saginaw Valley State University. Out of the 80 qualifying teams headed for the World Championship, the Bearcats finished 57th.
The 5155 Bearcats earned the distinction of being the only FIRST robotics team from the Tri-County Area to qualify for the World Championship competition.
Ubly’s robotics team has to raise the $5,000 entry fee, as well as travel and lodging funds, to make its way to St. Louis, Missouri. Anyone willing to help may call the school directly at 989-658-8554, extension 336, or the team’s coach, Stewart Kieliszewski, at 989-975-0342.
Along the road to St. Louis, the team traveled to Marysville on April 6-8.
There, the Bearcats finished 12th out of 40 teams and was the first pick of the third-ranked Spartronics Team 5048 of Imlay City. This 3rd-seeded alliance was joined by Team 6538, the Linc-Bots of Ypsilanti. The alliance defeated teams from Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights and Burton and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by the eventual tournament champions.
Then, the Bearcats went on the road to University Center. In all, 160 teams had qualified for the competition. The Bearcats entered ranked 99th out of 451 teams in the state. This is Ubly’s third year placing in the Top 100.
At SVSU, Ubly competed in the Dow Field Division. At several points during the competition, the Bearcats held first place before finishing in 3rd out of 40 teams and became the 3rd-seeded alliance captains. Team 5155 then selected Teams 2474 Excel from Niles and Team 3098 The Captains from Waterford. The Bearcat alliance won their first semifinal match 454-446, but lost the 2nd and 3rd semifinal matches after Ubly’s robot was damaged by a defensive hit from an opposing alliance member.