USM hosted its first FTC (FIRST Technology Challenge) qualifying tournament on Feb. 3. Twenty-three teams from around the state participated in the event, which was attended by more than 300 spectators. USM entered two teams in the competition, Team 14284 and Team 14820, coached by David Anderson and Jon Shoop, respectively. One of the robots designed and built by Team 14284 is the result of students’ engineering in a new USM course called Engineering the Future Robotically. The class is comprised of students in grades 8 through 12, who advanced to the state competition two weeks earlier in an FTC qualifying event held at MSOE. Team 14820 is part of a combined Middle School and Upper School after-school program.
The new FTC program at USM provides a foundation for students who choose to advance their science, technology, mathematics, and engineering skills in the more advanced FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) program. That team won the FIRST Regional Competition in Chicago last spring and advanced to the FIRST World Championship in its inaugural year.
The following students participated in the FTC qualifying tournament:
Nicolas De Torre ’22 Emery Endres ’23 Spencer Endres ’19 Anjali George ’24 Dalan Henderson ’19 Hans Hoelzer ’19 Gregory Hoyt ’22 Liam Isaacson ’25 Gus Jochmann ’25 Raymond Juranitch ’22 Ethan Michels ’24 Nathan Miller ’23 Dominik Nikolic ’23 Ayman Numaan ’23 Carson Petersen ’20 Mackenzie Petersen ’23 Aditya Pillai ’23 Alex Ptak '22 Isabella Vesely ’23 Logan Walls ’22 David Watkins ’23