As one of the eight top ranking teams, Stellar earned the right to form an alliance with two other teams to compete in the Play-Offs. Stellar’s alliance finished in 2nd place, earning finalist medals.
This was an improvement even over their performance at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional competition just three weeks before, where they ranked 6th out of 54 teams and finished in Play-Offs at 8th overall.
“The team improved in multiple areas,” said Team Facilitator Chantal DeYoe. “The drive team showed increased ability to problem-solve on the field. The scouting team improved their data analysis to make good alliance selections. The build team and pit crew functioned seamlessly, handling repairs and improvements as they became necessary. That kind of growth is exactly what we’re striving for.”
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur, to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST programs encourage innovation and help students build practical skills.
Along with NCSC, other major sponsors include NASA, ArcelorMittal, and Searchlight LLC. More than twenty additional area businesses provided financial support to the team during the season.
Stellar Robotics has qualified for the World Championship event in St. Louis April 21-26. The team is now looking to generate funding in order to make the event.
DeYoe said that tax deductible donations of any size are welcome, and those who wish to contribute can contact the team via email or go to their website to donate through GoFundMe.
DeYoe also mentioned that the team is open to new members. High school age students from Ashland can contact the team for further details on upcoming events.