Over the weekend the Jonesville High School Robotics Team traveled to West Zeeland High School to compete in the International field of the West Michigan Robot Invitational (WMRI). There were no less than 10 teams present that had made it to the world finals last year.
That said, last year the teams all had seniors that have since graduated and have been replaced with freshmen. The robots were the same but the teams members were not and at the Kettering event last month the Jonesville Team rotated drivers throughout the matches to decide who might drive best in the future. Based on that for WMRI the driver was Steven Koppel. Georgia McDowell was pilot, Bryce Baldwin was human player, and Ethan Wisely was the Co Driver.
The team was able to deliver 2 – 4 gears each match and scored climbing points every time. The team was ranked as high as 5th but poor alliance support dropped them down by the end of qualifying. At the end of the event the team was ranked 20th but with an impressive score OPR (Offensive Power Rating) of 5th rank got them picked early in the first round of alliance selection picking.
Their alliance with 5980 (East Grand Rapids) and 3875 (East Kentwood) was strong but was eliminated in the first round of playoffs.
The kids would not be enjoying these life teaching experiences if it were not for the generous support from Martinrea LLC, Cobra Moto, Mr Rooter, Orbitform, Jonesville Tool & Machine, Ross Engineering & Design, The Rotary, Walmart, Stockhouse Printing, Jonesville Lumber, G & G Glass, and NEFCO.