The Brookfield BEAST Robotics team, with two other teams, was crowned champion at the FIRST Robotics Wisconisn Regional competition March 26 and will advance to World FIRST Robotics competition to be held April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri.
BEAST Robotics was ranked 17th out of 53 teams at Saturday's conclusion of 89 qualifying rounds over three days, said BEAST adviser Richard Oakes.
The Tech-No-Tigers of Nevis, Minnesota, was ranked second at conclusion of the qualifying rounds and named to lead one of eight three-team alliances to advance into playoff rounds. The Tigers selected BEAST Robotics and a rookie team, West Allis' Blue Collar Bruisers.
'I was impressed how the Tigers scouted all the teams to form an alliance,' Oakes said. The Bruisers brought strong defensive play and BEAST had 'just become a machine' by that point of the competition he said.
All robots are secured away from those teams advancing to the world competition.
'Our robot is locked up,' Oakes said. 'We go to world with what we have. We can build spare parts, tweak our software, but we cannot change what our robot does.'
This is the second time in three years that BEAST Robotics has advanced to world competition. The team is made up of students from Brookfield East and Brookfield Central high schools.