Umatilla, Ore — (Release from Umatilla School District) Four FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams from Umatilla have advanced to the Oregon Championship taking place this weekend, February 25th and 26th, in Hillsboro, Oregon. The 7th and 8th-grade teams will compete amongst other middle and high school teams from across the state. A total of 48 teams will be competing at this FTC Championship.
The Umatilla teams advanced to the Championship based on their performance at a qualifying tournament in Umatilla on January 28th. The four Umatilla teams advancing are as follows:
Team 7470 – Quicker-Picker-Upper
Team 15436 – Johnny
Team 7498 – The Wild Childs
Team 7499 – Nerdy Girls
At the Umatilla tournament, team Quicker-Picker-Upper qualified for the State Championships by being the winning alliance captain. Team Johnny qualified by earning the Inspire Award, which is given to a team who is a role model team and inspires others. The Wild Childs placed second for the Inspire award, and Nerdy Girls were third, qualifying them for the state championship.
The teams have been hard at work this last week preparing for the State competition and making final adjustments to their robots. For many, this State competition will only be their second time competing.