Although the University School of Milwaukee Wildcats (team #6823) were not able to compete at the regional FIRST Robotics competition in San Diego due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team still managed to earn prestigious recognition for their work. Out of 59 registered teams, the USM Wildcats earned the top spot—the Chairman’s Award—based on the essay the team submitted, and the work the school has done to expand FIRST programming in Lower School and Middle School, and the team’s work with Operation DREAM in Milwaukee.
This is the first time the Wildcats have earned the Chairman’s Award which, according to FIRST Robotics, “honors the team that, in the judges' estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST's most prestigious award."
“This is a huge win for USM,” said Nikki Lucyk, director of innovation and educational technology. “Our students were so disappointed when they couldn't compete in San Diego, but they could still win based on the essay they submitted and worked so hard on. We are fortunate to have great teachers, families, and resources to support the kids in their endeavors.”