WHS Robotics Team Wins Top Inspire Award

Weston High School’s Galactic Narwhal Chicken Effect (GNCE) won the Franklin Division World Championship Inspire Award and placed in the top 13 for the Franklin Division robot matches.
Ellie Tillman-Schwartz was also recognized as a one of 3 Dean’s List Finalist from Massachusetts. The Dean’s List recognizes leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students.
The Inspire Award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor.
The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have shown success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.
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FIRST®, a robotics community that prepares young people for the future, brought together approximately 50,000 people from around the world as hundreds of student robotics teams put their innovation, teamwork, and robotics skills to the test at the 2023 FIRSTChampionship presented by BAE Systems, which took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

At FIRST Championship, 974 student robotics teams from 59 countries competed and exhibited across FIRST programs, and many FIRST® LEGO® LeagueFIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition teams earned honors for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, creativity, and teamwork.

FIRST® Tech Challenge World Championship – FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18) students learn to think like engineers. Teams build robots from a reusable kit of parts, develop strategies, document their progress, and compete head-to-head. In the 2022-2023 game, POWERPLAYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies, teams and their robots must focus on making the right energy decisions and find innovative ways to unlock their robot’s full potential as they race to build and complete circuits, testing the limits of power, performance, energy, and endurance.

Nearly 7,000 FIRST Tech Challenge teams competed during the 2022-2023 season, with 192 teams advancing to this week’s FIRST Championship.