February 14, 2020
Eastern Carver County Schools Robotics Team Makes it to State for the 2nd Year and advances to World Competition
St. PAUL, MN – The top 48 of 205 Minnesota High Tech Kids FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams competed on February 7-8 in the Minnesota High Tech Kids FIRST Tech Challenge Stratasys State Championship held at Washington Technology Magnet School. Nine of those teams now have the opportunity to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, to be held April 29-May 2, 2020 at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan.
“Wrench Dressing”, Minnesota FTC Team #9415 represented Eastern Carver County Schools at the state tournament, and is one of the 9 Minnesota teams advancing to the World Championship.
“Wrench Dressing” is excited to represent our community at the World Championship, but FTC is about more than just success on the competition field, “What I love about this program is that it teaches us gracious professionalism not only with our own team, but other teams competing in the tournaments with us. Gracious Professionalism is a part of everything we do with our FTC season, it encourages high-quality work but also respect & the value of others.” Said Josh Bodmer, team representative.
Team Members Include:
Joshua Bodmer – Senior, Chanhassen HS
CJ Newhouse – Senior, Chanhassen HS
Kaleb Wirtzfield – Senior, Chanhassen HS
Benjamin Chua – Senior, Chanhassen HS
Jake Norby – Senior, Chanhassen HS
Christopher Patz – Sophomore, Chanhassen HS
Delia Derner – Freshman, Chaska HS
Andrew Chua – Sophomore, Chanhassen HS
Cody Boie – Sophomore, Chanhassen HS
Tommy Good – Senior, Chanhassen HS
Additional advancing teams include:
Team 9972 Iron Gears from Maple Grove
Team 3763 Piece of Cake from Edina
Team 10273 Cat in the Hat Comes Back from Otsego
Team 12528 NextGen from Apple Valley
Team 10272 Titanium Allies from Shoreview
Team 13247 RPM Robotics from Woodbury
Team 11190 Mecha Dojo Robotics from Eden Prairie
Team 9205 Iron Maidens from Apple Valley
FIRST Tech Challenge is a widely accessible international robotics program for students’ ages 12-18 created to get young people excited about science and technology and teach them valuable career and life skills. Students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.