6/20/16 WAHS robotics team competes in St. Louis

Aperture Science team members are, from left, Phillip Hooper, Matt Wells, Beren Hollingsworth, Samantha Liu, Lucien Gauthier, Clayton Sommer and Tobias Fischer. Coaches are Jochen Fischer and Joel Hollingsworth. The team adviser is Susan Howard.

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Aperture Science team members are, from left, Phillip Hooper, Matt Wells, Beren Hollingsworth, Samantha Liu, Lucien Gauthier, Clayton Sommer and Tobias Fischer. Coaches are Jochen Fischer and Joel Hollingsworth. The team adviser is Susan Howard.

WAHS robotics team competes in St. Louis
The Times-News 6/20/16  
Reprinted with permission.

   Aperture Science, Western Alamance High School’s robotics team, traveled to St. Louis the last week of April to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge world robotics championship. There were 128 teams from more than 30 countries competing. In qualifying matches, Aperture won all but one match, placing the team in the top 4 in their division and allowing it to choose alliance partners in the final round.

   The team was eliminated in the semi-final round, but Western ended the tournament at No. 8 out of 128 teams in the world. The team and its robot are ranked No. 6 in the world out of 5,158 teams. Aperture Science also was nominated for a Design Award.

   Out of the top 10 teams, Aperture Science created the only robot without a very expensive elevator component; its robot was programmed much more economically.

   Students met teams from all over the world, and competed with and against teams from Mexico, Canada, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, Lebanon, Romania, Australia, and the Czech Republic as well as the United States.

   Students also spoke with executives at Qualcomm, Spacex, Rockwell-Collins, Monsanto, and the U.S. Air Force about internships, scholarships and career opportunities.