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Collegiate School rookie robotics team wins spot at World Robotics Competition

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 20:10:31-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. —  A group of students from the Collegiate School in Henrico County are headed St. Louis after winning a spot in the World Robotics Competition.

What’s so impressive about this achievement is Collegiate’s team, TORCH 5804, is in their inaugural year of competition. They are currently ranked number eight out of 132 teams in the district.

Several area schools are sending teams to the competition, but it is unprecedented for a rookie team to be invited.

TORCH 5804, practicing with their robot on campus several months ago, before the regional championship competitions began

TORCH 5804, practicing with their robot on campus several months ago, before the regional championship competitions began

The World Robotics Competition is a global competition for High school-aged students to compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they designed, built, and programmed.

TORCH 5804 has won numerous awards in their unprecedented first year of competition, winning two rookie awards in district competitions and winning 1st Place in the Chesapeake District Championship, as part of a three-team alliance with DMV area teams.

Students examining the robot before it is  shipped to St. Louis. (Photo credit: Collegiate School)

Students examining the robot before it is shipped to St. Louis. (Photo credit: Collegiate School)

Collegiate School will celebrate the rookie robotics team during an assembly Monday morning, before leaving for the global competition on Tuesday.

The student’s robot has already been shipped to St. Louis, in preparation for the competition April 27-30.

For more information on the FIRST Robotics Championship world competition, click here.