The Sandwich Sabre Bytes, from Sandwich Secondary School, didn't qualify for the finals at the FIRST Championship robotics competition in Detroit, but they were still big winners among the hundreds of teams from 37 countries.
The Sabre Bytes were a recipient of the FIRST Engineering Inspiration Award for their work in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education and the mission of FIRST in their community. Since their creation, 16 years ago, the Sabre Bytes have worked to develop robotics teams at other high schools in the area, as well as promoting the Lego robotics program at elementary schools.
This year there were 13 high school teams participating in the FIRST program and dozens of elementary school teams. The Sabre Bytes were the first team in this area.
The Engineering Inspiration Award is sponsored by NASA and the U.S. space administration will cover the team's entry costs for next season. The Sabre Bytes also automatically qualify for the world championship event in Detroit.
The Massey Mustangs also took part in this year's world championship in Detroit, finishing 38th in their division out of 67 teams. The Build a Dream Amazon Warriors, an all-girl team that includes students from Essex District High School was 14th in their division.