After a stellar season, GSSI FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team OOPS! Robotics is preparing to compete at the most elite level in two states.
On Feb. 26, the team will travel to Elgin Community College for the FTC Illinois State Championship and on March 5, they will compete at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla in the FTC Missouri State Tournament.
OOPS! has earned many honors this season:
At the Feb. 13 tournament in Ballwin, they won the Think Award and got third place for the Inspire Award.
At the Feb. 6 tournament in Decatur, they won the Think Award, got second place in the Inspire Award and were finalists for the Connect, Design and Motivate Awards.
At the Jan. 30 tournament in Carbondale they won the Connect Award and were finalists for the Think Award.
At the Jan. 9 tournament in St. Louis, they were selected for the robot game finals and won the Motivate Award. They were runners up for the Connect Award, Think Award and Inspire Award, and came in third for the Design Award.
GSSI receives funding from AT&T, the Monsanto Fund and United Way to advance STEM programs for girls in southern Illinois.