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CHS robotics team headed to world championship

Published April 11, 2024

BY ALEXANDER FREDERICK

After winning the Monterey Regionals FIRST competition for the first time in program history, Carmel High School’s robotics team, Team 2035, is headed to the robotics world championship in Houston, Texas, hosted by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Team 2035 went into the regional competition as the 24th seed in a bracket of over 30 teams and emerged victorious after joining forces with the first and second seeds to form an alliance. The FIRST World Championships is a robotics competition with over thirty participating countries.

Team 2035 is heading to world championships in Texas after placing first in regional tournament. (photo by KATIE RENEKER)

In the competition teams formed alliances with other teams through a system of picks that occurred over the course of two rounds. The order of picks went from top to bottom seed in the first round, and in the second round from the bottom seed up. This was how Team 2035 ended up with the first and second seed teams. 

Led by computer science and engineering teacher John Clymer, Team 2035 is headed to the world championship for the third time in the program’s history. In previous years they had won other awards that allowed them to move on to the FIRST Championship.

“As soon as the first and second seed teams picked us, we knew we were going to worlds,” Clymer said. “The higher teams scouted us because of our robot’s strong defense.”

The team’s defense combined with the strong offense of the first two seeds led to a victory for the alliance. 

“Winning at regionals was a big deal for us,” says CHS junior Roy Reneker, a team leader and programmer. “Our robot was great.”

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