The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team, Gear it Forward 2338, comprised of students from Oswego and Oswego East high schools, recently earned a spot at the World Championships to be held April 26-29 in St. Louis.
The team qualified by winning the Chairman's Award for the third straight year at the Midwest Regional held at UIC in Chicago. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, as it recognizes the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The the students received the award based on their year round commitment to their community with STEM outreach, charity to help the needy, and starting and sustaining new FIRST teams.
In addition, the team’s robot was a consistent force to be reckoned with during competition and finished as part of the number-5-ranked alliance. A total of 53 teams from eight states and Brazil competed at the Midwest Regional.
The team is sponsored by Community Unit School District 308, Caterpillar, and Navistar.
Since the team has earned a spot at the championship, they are seeking additional funding for the trip. If you are interested in supporting the team, consider donating through gofundme.com/GearitForward2338.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.