During the April break, Billerica Memorial High School FIRST Robotics Team 4909 competed at the 2022 FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas! The competition was held in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston from Wednesday, April 20 through Saturday, April 23. It was such an incredible and exhilarating experience for everyone!
454 FRC teams competed across six divisions of 75-76 teams each — double the size of a typical District event. Teams traveled from all over the world to participate, including Israel, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, and the Netherlands, as well as from all around the U.S. and Canada. The Championship event brought together approximately 35,000 people! Students and mentors took advantage of the opportunities to make friends with other teams. With just one world championship this year, teams that normally do not meet because they go to two different championships were able to interact, and everyone was thrilled to be playing in person again. The last championship event was April 2019, so it has been a full 3 years and the majority of current students on our team have never experienced one!
We were the 3rd pick of the 2nd seed alliance for the playoff bracket in our division. At the Worlds level, the 3rd pick is a 4th alliance member that the alliance captain can ‘swap in’ as needed. Watch us play in our division semifinals here! (We are in red on the upper left at the start.)
We are raising money to help subsidize our trip to Houston. Any contributions from the Billerica community would be greatly appreciated. Fill out the form below to donate! This final competition capped off our best season yet and while the official RAPID REACT game season may be over, FRC is a year-round experience for our team! After a little bit of a breather, we will be thinking about our summer and fall activity plans. Keep a lookout for information regarding community events!
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