Bob Wernli – Beacon Co-Editor-in-Chief
At the 2019 RoboSub competition, OES gave the society’s Innovation Award to Team Inspiration, which was the only high school and middle school team in the competition and were not only highly scored technically and verbally, but they “were greatly inspirational.” They also conduct a lot of community outreach to spread their love of robotics. More information can be obtained on the team at: https://team11128.wixsite.com/main.
For the 2020 RoboSub competition, I again volunteered as a judge for OES, however, due to the pandemic, the competition was virtual, and the teams were evaluated on their technical design report, video presentation and the website. The virtual competition was not conducive for OES to give an Innovation Award again due to the judging assignments, however, our prior award winner—Team Inspiration—again stood out and took first place overall with the following results:
- Ranked 1st out of 33 teams in Technical Design Report
- Ranked 1st out of 33 teams in Website
- Ranked 2nd out of 33 teams in Video
- Ranked 1st out of 33 teams in Overall Performance
Team Inspiration is the only middle/high school team to win the world title in the 23 years of RoboSub competition. Congrats again to Team Inspiration.