U.P. robotics teams get victory downstate


Robotics teams from Escanaba, Gladstone and Cedarville High Schools united to win a competitive event known as Aerial Assist during the recent First Robotics Tournament held in Traverse City. This improbable victory against statistically superior opponents was as exciting as any March Madness upset and will be a source of pride and inspiration for current and future Upper Peninsula robotics teams.

The winning partnership was formed prior to the start of the finals, with number three seed, Escanaba, graciously inviting Gladstone and Cedarville to join it in an alliance requiring the robot from each school to compete against other three-robot alliances from high schools across Michigan. This all U.P. alliance used suburb teamwork, consistent scoring and stout defense to win the championship.

The victory in Traverse City was the product of weeks of hard work by students, their mentors, and dedicated teachers in designing and building tournament worthy robots. The Escanaba-Gladstone-Cedarville alliance demonstrated that grit, determination, resourcefulness and good old U.P. ingenuity is a formula for success, and that U.P. robotics teams can compete at a very high level against downstate teams with high profile sponsors and seemingly unlimited resources.

Congratulations to the robotics teams from Escanaba, Gladstone and Cedarville! You make us proud!

Steve Parks