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AHS Underwater Robotics Team does well at World Championship

Submitted by on June 25, 2019 – 12:40 amNo Comment

The Alpena High School Underwater Robotics Team (UR2) had a successful weekend at the 2019 MATE Underwater Robotics World Championship in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The AHS team was 1 of 45 out of nearly 800 teams worldwide to earn the right to compete at the World Championship last Wednesday through Saturday.

And, while the final results won’t be released until later this week, coach Bob Thomson said the AHS team will place in the top 10.

In addition, the team received the Best Overall Engineering Vehicle Design Award. The design was developed by team member Josh Beatty. In addition, team member Savannah Thomson received the MVP Engineering Award, an award given to only eight individuals out of the 1,300-plus competitors.

The Alpena High Team also helped out both a team from Hong Kong and a team from India after their robots failed.

All seven members of the AHS team agree that their favorite part of the championship was meeting people from other parts of the world, and helping some of those teams in the competition.