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VAN WERT — Last weekend, the Van Wert Robotics team started off the season by going to the FIRST Tech State Qualifier in Dayton, Ohio. The team won three out of six matches and earned a spot in the semi-finals. The team finished second in the finals.

The robotics team also won third place for the Motivate Award. This award is given to the team who makes FIRST known throughout their school and community. Van Wert’s Robotics team has earned the Motivate Award by inspiring other teams in Northwestern Ohio.

Additionally, the team won third place for the PTC Design award. This award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. These elements could give it a cleaner, simple look, be decorative, or creatively express the team. There must be a balance between the functionality of the robot and its aesthetics.

Finally, the team also earned second place for the Connect Award. To earn the Connect award, a team must connect with their local community and inform them of FIRST. The VW Robotics team realizes the community is an important part of the FIRST Tech experience, and includes them as often as possible.

The robotics team will compete next in Pennsylvania on Jan. 13 after weeks of hard work.