On Saturday, July 28, the FIRST Robotics Competition Team from D214, Wildstang Team 111, competed at the Rock River Robotics Off-season Competition in Rockford, Illinois. WildStang, along with the 31 other competing teams are part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC is an international high school robotics competition, where teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots.
Following the morning qualifying matches, WildStang finished with a 3 & 3 record, winning their last 2 matches with decisive wins, with a qualifying ranking of 16th. Other competitors could see what WildStang had to offer, and the team was picked by the 6th seed, Team 1792, Round Table Robotics, during alliance selection. The alliance was completed with teams 167, Children of the Corn, and 5934, Crowbotics.
In the Quarterfinals, WildStang and their 6th Ranked Alliance Partners, went up against the 3rd Ranked Alliance, winning the best of 3 matches, taking the last 2 matches.
In the Semifinals, WildStang went up against the 2nd ranked alliance. By winning the first two matches, they advanced to the Event Finals.
In the Tournament Finals, Wildstang and their alliance partners competed against the 4th seeded alliance, composed of the Alliance Captain, Team 2450, PWNAGE; Team 4655, Stateline Robotics; Team 96, Iron Lions; and Team 81, MetalHeads. Wildstang and their partners won the first match of the finals, 342 to 246. In the 2nd, match, they won again, 412 to 201, taking the event championship.
This was the first event win for WildStang since 2013. WildStang Robotics has students from all six district 214 schools, and has been competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1996. WildStang is able to compete due to the support School District 214, and key sponsors Motorola Solutions Foundation, Bosch, Bosch Rexroth Group, DevLinks Automation & Robotics, NuWay, Automatic Precision, and Methode Electronics, Inc.