On April 10, a high school robotics team with students from Orange High School and Cedar Ridge High School — The Hedgehogs — qualified for the FIRST robotics world championship.
The Hedgehogs, also known as Team 587, qualified for the world championship with their win in the North Carolina district championship. The team will travel to Houston on Wednesday to compete, and its qualification matches will begin on Thursday.
This is the first time the team has won the North Carolina district championship.
Orange High School junior Timothy Mitchell, The Hedgehogs' electrical captain, said the feeling after the win was incredible.
“We were just absolutely amazed that we were able to pull this off, and we were really, really proud of ourselves,” Mitchell said. “We were all going insane. I know me and the other drive team were just over the moon.”
FIRST is a robotics competition where teams of students design, build and program robots for competitions against other student teams. Task sets are given to students at the beginning of the season, and this year, required robots to shoot tennis balls into a basketball hoop and climb diagonally on monkey bars.
The Hedgehogs are comprised of 46 members, with mentors and coaches for the team.
Garret Hill, a mentor for Team 587, said that the team’s competitiveness has stepped up.
“I think the thing that makes us special is just the determination to reach the goals we set at the beginning of the semester,” he said.