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Shamrock Robotics FTC teams earn trip to State Championship

Both ShamBot First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, ShamBot Green & ShamBot Gold, have qualified for the Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship. The competition, an intense two-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students, will be held this Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 2 at Elgin Community College in Elgin.

ShamBot Green, a member of the winning robot alliance at the league qualifying competition on February 8, won the Inspire Award, the highest award in the FIRST Tech Challenge. ShamBot Gold took home the Think Award and the 3rd Place Inspire Award. 

This is, by far, the best showing the teams have had in their three years of existence,” said Head Coach, Kori Bowns. “They did a great job on the field and in their judging presentations.”

A full list of awards and nominations after the league qualifying competition for both teams is listed below:

ShamBot Green:

– Inspire Award Winner (State Championship Qualifying Award)

– Winning Alliance First Pick (State Championship Qualifying Award) 

– Motivate Award Finalist  

– Design Award Finalist 

– Innovate Award Finalist

– Connect Award Finalist

– Think Award Finalist

ShamBot Gold: 

– Inspire Award 3rd Place (State Championship Qualifying Award)

– Think Award Winner (State Championship Qualifying Award)

– Innovate Award Finalist

Like all FIRST Tech Challenge events, the Illinois Championship Tournament is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes and bring along a pair of safety glasses so that you can visit the pit area to meet the robots and the students who built them. A live stream of the event may also be found here:


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