Laker Robotics going to World Championship in St. Louis

By Kurt Romkema

Grade 12

Over the weekend, Laker Robotics competed at the Michigan State Championship at Saginaw Valley State University. The team came in ranked third and had the highest autonomous point total in the state of Michigan. They competed in the DTE Energy Division and finished 4th with a record of 10 – 2, which tied for the best record in the division. This was of great significance because the state of Michigan has the most robotics teams in the country and Oakland County has the most teams in the state.  Quite the feat for Laker robotics! Team 5053 was the captain of the 4th alliance and this was the second year in a row that they were a captain at the State Championship. Laker Robotics got knocked out in the quarter finals in their division.

However, Laker Robotics qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri for the third straight year. They will be competing against people from all over the United States and all over the world. They are on a mission to prove that it doesn’t matter how small you are, you can still be the best in the world.

The world championships will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26-29, 2017. (Live streaming will be available from the FIRST Robotics website.)