A.W. Beattie’s award-winning FIRST Robotics team participated in its first competition in nearly three years from March 17-19 at Cal-U.
The Bulldogs compete as Team 2051 in FIRST, which is an international organization for high school students who compete in tournaments and can earn scholarships and real-world experience in engineering robotics weighing more than 100 pounds made from scratch.
A.W. Beattie built upon previous successes, which included winning the 2019 Steel Showdown Tournament Championship and earning the regional Industrial Design Award.
“It’s incredibly exciting especially because the last two competition seasons were canceled,” North Hills senior Gabe Pfiel, who took the lead on coding for the robot, said. “We got things done quickly, concisely, and correctly. We had a functioning robot for several weeks ahead of our first competition."
Team 2051 used many skilled members.
“I’ve loved utilizing the resources that we have to create something special and to compete,” Deer Lakes senior Emile Wilcox said. “This is something I haven’t done before, and it’s been really rewarding to have such a big part on the business team working on technical documents, finances and the glitz and glimmer side of advertising the team. It’s a really fun and nice experience.”