Posted on 11/14/2017
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Congratulations to Mishawaka Catholic's robotics team, the Washing MISHines!
Congratulations to the MCS Robotics Team, the Washing MISHines! They had an amazing FIRST LEGO League season. The team began in August 2017, and with 2-3 practices a week worked together to design, build, and program a robot. They also invented a product, Septic Hawk, so homeowners with septic systems can be alerted before their systems overflow.

In just their second year they advanced to the World Festival (a world championship) in Detroit, and the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, both of which are international competitions with teams of students who range in age from 9-16. At the World Festival, for instance, they competed against a team from Scotland whose members are headed to Cambridge in the fall.

The Washing MISHines’ accolades this season are many:

May 2018: At the Razorback Invitational (72 teams), they won Second Place Innovative Solution for Septic Hawk, and placed 16th in the 2 1/2-minute robot performance game. 

April 2018: At the World Festival (104 teams) they placed 40th in the robot game and were considered for (though did not receive) a project award.

February-April 2018: During the St. Joseph Regional Health Care System four-match off-season challenge (24 teams) they tied for first place but were awarded second place through a tie-breaker. They will name a surgical robot at the hospital and the school and team will have a permanent plaque outside a surgical room door. They also won a robot kit valued at more than $400.

December 2017: At the Northern Indiana Regional State Competition in Fort Wayne (46 teams) they earned a top overall award - 2nd Place Champions Award - which was what advanced them to the Razorback and World Festival. Only four teams in the state advanced to international tournaments and our team was just one of two in Indiana that advanced to both Razorback and Worlds. Additionally, the team won the Indiana Global Innovation Nomination for their project, Septic Hawk.

November 2017: FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament (St. Monica, 16 teams). First Place Project Award, Regional Global Innovation Nominee, and 2nd Place Champion’s Award.

Team members include:
Tyler Galinowski (5), Jonathan Hickle (6), Natalia McCool (6), Reaghan Murray (6), Jacob Nava (5), Frances “Sophie” Pairitz (6), Nicholas Quiett (5), Christine Reeves (5), Lucas Walter (7), and Genevieve Weger (6).

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