SURREY — While they didn’t win, North Surrey Secondary’s robotics team sure had a blast at a global competition last week.
The rookie Surrey squad placed 44th out of 67 teams in the FIRST Robotics worlds competition, held in Houston, Texas from April 19 to 22.
“It was absolutely incredible to see how these kids managed the challenge with the focus and determination of veterans. We were so incredibly proud of them,” said Julie Occleshaw, career facilitator at the high school.
Although they were not able to join an alliance for the playoffs, “we surpassed all of our goals here in Houston,” she added.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the team and this entire experience,” she said from Texas on Saturday, April 22.
The team, called Hephaestus, was the only B.C. group who made it to the worlds. They qualified after winning the Rookie Allstar Award in the Western Canadian Regional competition in Calgary.