KRASH Excels in Challenge

Howell First Tech Challenge Team KRASH Advances to FIRST Robotics Innovation Challenge Semi-Finals
Posted on 04/23/2021
Members of teach KRASH working on the KEBB prototype4/23/21 - One of Howell's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, Team KRASH, has been selected to advance to the FIRST Robotics Innovation Challenge semi-finals. Team KRASH is one of only 40 teams globally selected to advance. In the Innovation Challenge, teams identify a real-world problem and design a solution, create a business model and pitch their idea to other FTC teams for judged awards. Team KRASH's project involved developing the KRASH Engineered Boxing Bag (KEBB) to help regress the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The team has worked with Ohana Karate's Rock Steady Boxing program to develop the KEBB prototype.

In addition to advancing to the Innovation Challenge semi-finals, Team KRASH has moved to the FIRST in Michigan FTC State Finals after claiming first place and the Connect Award at the Bedford Qualifier event. KRASH also claimed the Motive Award and fifth place at the Novi Qualifier event and has been in the top three spots for the Control, Innovate, Inspire and Think awards at the events.

Howell's other FTC Teams have also earned honors this year. Team KUDOS had a top 10 finish and claimed the Motivate Award at the Madison Heights Qualifier and claimed the Design Award at the Bedford Qualifier. Team KILTS finished in sixth place and was in the running for the Think award at the Coloma Qualifier. Team KAOS a top 10 finish and was in the running for the Motivate Award at the Madison Heights Qualifier. Both Team KAOS and Team KILTS will compete this weekend in the Rochester Hills Qualifier.

Howell High School's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, the S.C.O.T.S. Bots is also off to a great start this season. The team recently claimed the prestigious District Chairman's Award and will compete for the State Chairman’s Award this weekend. Additionally, team member Sydney Schimmel has advanced to the state finals for the Dean's List Award.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all FIRST Robotics events are being held virtual this year. While preparing for the events and virtual competitions, Howell's teams are following the district's health and safety protocols.
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