DETROIT, MI - After countless work sessions, hours documenting their journey in their engineering notebook, and even late night adjustments to the CADD, the Chatham Cougars Robotics team competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship and finished ranked 20th in the world this past week in Detroit.

The team battled it out in a four-day competition against 128 teams from around the world including Romania, China, South Korea, The Netherlands, and Germany for a chance to call themselves World Champions.

“The journey of this team over the past year has been incredible," Julianna Ryan, Robotics teacher at Chatham High School. "I could not be prouder of their hard work and dedication which truly paid off at the championship. Collectively, my two teams spent over 600 hours working on their robots outside of class time and it shows.

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"As this year comes to a close, we will graduate the last group of founding students who have been with us since the beginning of the robotics program three years ago, but I cannot wait to see what they all accomplish at the next stage of their lives.”

A rookie team at the World Championship, the Chatham Cougars had a total of nine qualification matches to rank high enough to move into the semi-finals elimination bracket of the tournament. After a 20 minute judged interview on their process, robot inspections, and winning their first match, the team ended the first day with confidence.

Fast-forward to the end of the second day the team’s record was 5-1 and their ranking at the competition was bouncing between 4th and 7th place. The team’s excitement grew as they continued to win matches and prove they deserved to be at the World Championship.

The team ended the week at the FTC World Championship with a record of 6-3, finishing at 20th in the World, a feat very few can say.

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