Artificial Intelligence, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming First Tech Challenge Robotics Team, has returned home from the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri! The team of seven engineering students from Billings Career center competed head-to-head with 128 national and international teams with Nemonoid, a robot they designed, built, and programmed themselves.
The team earned their way to the national competition earlier this year in Bozeman, where they took home the Inspire Award at the Montana First Tech Challenge competition. They received the award for their professionalism, teamwork, communication, robot design, and presentation overall, granting them an automatic invite to the FTC World Championship in St. Louis.
At the World Championship, the team had the opportunity to meet national and international FTC champions, see supporters of FTC like will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and retired NBA basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as participate in a competition of gracious professionalism.
Artificial Intelligence competed in eight qualifying rounds across two days. The judges were impressed with the team’s advanced drive train system, sportsmanship, and engineering notebook, but unfortunately team Artificial Intelligence did not obtain a final spot in the championship round.
GSMW is extremely proud of the team! The seven team members contributed more than 850 hours of their time to Artificial Intelligence and the creation of their robot Nemonoid. From this experience, the team members were able to apply real-world math and science concepts while developing problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills.
Graduating seniors from the team include a valedictorian and several who secured either full-ride or partial scholarships to universities to continue their engineering educations.
Visit www.nemonoid.com to follow the team, and for more information on joining next year’s team, contact the GSMW program department.