The Chicago Math and Science Academy’s (CMSA’s) high school robotics team the Robotitans, has advanced to the Illinois State FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition after winning high honors at a recent qualifier event. The Illinois State Competition will take place February 25-26, 2017. In 2015, the Robotitans were the only team from Chicago Public Schools to compete in the FTC World Championship.
The team brought home three awards: A 2nd place “Inspire” Award, the most coveted award in the competition, one that dictates the teams moving on to the State competition. The Inspire Award is given to the team that the Judges felt truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program.
In addition, the team won 1st place in the “Connect” Award which is presented to the team that the Judges feel most connected with their local community, FIRST, and the business world. The “Alliance” award was bestowed on the team for its efforts in working with other teams.
“The Robotitans have a winning track record and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Robotics allows students to master c-related skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math-related skills) which open doors to their future,” stated Ali Kuran, principal. “Participation in this “sport of the mind” allows students to develop many life-skills in a holistic fashion. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
Since 2004, it has been the mission of CMSA to prepare students for college and the world beyond by offering high-quality, college-prep, STEM-focused education geared towards changing the trajectory of students’ lives.