25th Season Alumni Panel
As part of WildStang Robotics 25th anniversary celebration, ten WildStang alumni are coming back to class on Monday, December 2 to share their knowledge in a panel discussion with current students. The alums are planning to share information regarding their college and career selection, their work experiences and highlights of their participation on the robotics team.
The WildStang Robotics Team, comprised of 75 students from D214 high schools, began during 1995-96 as a partnership between Motorola Solutions and Wheeling and Rolling Meadows High Schools. The WildStang name was selected by students as a mashup of the Wheeling Wildcats and the Rolling Meadows Mustangs. The team participates in the annual FIRST® Robotics Competition. In this hands-on program, students work closely with District 214 instructors and volunteer engineer mentors to develop skills related to the design, fabrication, programming and operation of robot systems.
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has grown since the first year of the team when 36 teams (including WildStang) participated in the championship to 3790 teams participating in 2019 and two world championship events. The program serves as an enrichment opportunity for students interested in STEM careers.
The WildStang team, still sponsored by D214 and Motorola Solutions Foundation, has many additional sponsors ranging from large corporations to local community businesses. The team is also supported by the parent-run WildStang Robotics Support Association.
Last season, WildStang won two Regional competitions, the Carson Division at the World Championship, and was a finalist at the Championship Tournament in Detroit. This award winning season continues the long tradition of success for WildStang. The team has earned numerous awards since its launch in 1996, including the FIRST® Robotics Championship in 2003, 2009 and 2011 and the FIRST® Robotics Chairman’s Award and being named to the FIRST® Robotics Hall of Fame in 2006.
A reunion event for former WildStang students and mentors is being planned during the Midwest Regional Competition held March 5-7, 2020 in Chicago. Former students and mentors can receive additional information by checking the 25th season tab on the WildStang.org website.