Oshkosh FIRST Update – April, 2021

Skills Challenge

Wave Robotics completed the INFINITE RECHARGE at Home Skills Challenge. The INFINITE RECHARGE at Home Skills Challenge invites teams to engage in two ways: compete for judged awards using their 2020/2021 robot and compete in a Skills Competition, a series of challenges for teams who have access to their robot. 

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With their 2020 robot WarCry, Wave Robotics competed in the HyperDrive Skills Challenge this year. The HyperDrive Skills Challenge consisted of four different paths through which the robot needed to traverse in a timely fashion. The team improved upon their robot, making several modifications such as adding a hinge to the intake tower to servicing the electrical equipment on the robot and making improvements to the software. The team was able to visit their practice facility to gain invaluable practice driving the robot on a full-size field, With their skillful driving, the team recorded their robot and submitted the video for virtual judging. The Skills Challenge team participated in a live video conference with FRC judges, where they showed off their robot and its technical capabilities and answered any questions that the judges had about the robot. The team continues to improve upon their robot, preparing to compete with other FRC teams in a scrimmage event this June.

Ripple Robotics

New this year, Wave created Ripple Robotics, a rookie team for incoming 8th and 9th graders. Ripple is a platform for new students to jump start their skills by having their own robot, and dedicated time for hands-on experience to learn the skills they need to be a vital member of FRC.


Chairman's Award

Wave Robotics Chairman's team gave a virtual presentation to a panel of judges last month. The presentation covered the team history,  community outreach, the new partnerships we’ve created to build the Fablab and workshop at North, and our team’s dedication to inclusive STEM practices. The judges comments included how they were impressed by our professionalism, time management, and enthusiasm for STEM Education.

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Wave Robotics Student earns honorable mention National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing


Maya Walker has received honorable mention National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). The award, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a diverse range of students to choose careers in technology.

The FLL State Championship sponsored by Wave Robotics.   


The virtual Wave Robotics FLL State Championship was hosted and sponsored by Wave, who did an outstanding job providing technical support to the tournament judges, referees, and teams. 

FLL News

Baksteen Valken, the Tipler and ALPs FIRST Lego League Challenge team, competed in the Wisconsin State FLL Championship tournament Saturday, April 17. The team had a fantastic day, and scored high marks in all judging areas (Innovative Solution, Robot Design, Core Values, and the Robot Matches), culminating in winning the 2nd Place Champions Award. 


Congratulations  everyone for a job well done! 

Here is a link to watch the recorded Awards Ceremony. https://youtu.be/hEjXyRLYgQ0  

State Championship Robot Match for the 2021 Season Official Team Photo of FLL Team #16152 Baksteen Valken