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Photo courtesy of Robert Wells Photography

Photo courtesy of Robert Wells Photography

Orchard Park Team 2056 has won its 18th straight regional title.

Orchard Park robotics team takes 18th straight title

Orchard Park Secondary School’s Robotics Team 2056 has captured its 18th straight regional victory.

The team competed at the University of Waterloo from March 20-22, where it claimed yet another title.

Seeded fourth with a record of 10 wins and three losses, OP Robotics was chosen by The Cheesy Poofs from San Jose California, world champions from 2011, as their first alliance partner.  The alliance was completed with Warp 7, Team 865 from Toronto.

The first regional competition of the year proved the resiliency of the team to solve numerous difficult problems with the robot on March 20 prior to the qualification rounds on March 21.

With new head designer Trevor Kearse and new driver coach Zac Young, the team showed its determination and implemented viable and outstanding engineering solutions.

For its efforts, OP Robotics won the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi. Tarjote Chaggar, mentor alumnus of OP Robotics, was awarded the volunteer of the year at the Waterloo Regional.

The new drive team of Chris Pyc, Will Alex and Mac Wells performed exceptionally, going undefeated in the elimination rounds.  The programming of the robot was flawless throughout the elimination rounds.

Special mention goes to John Muchynski, who was the student lead in programming the robot this year.  Congratulations go to all students from the scouting team to the pit crew, for  their tremendous efforts.

Team 2056 has qualified for the world championship in St. Louis next month.

Teacher Stan Hunter and design engineer Tyler Holtzman from Jantz Canada mentor the team. Both mentors exemplify the key ingredients required for international success.

The team wishes to thank all its sponsors and supporters for their continued dedication.

With their support, the Orchard Park students will show the world what they can accomplish through determination and perseverance.

Team 2056 is hoping to continue its winning ways at the Windsor Essex Regional competition held at the University of Windsor from April 4-5.

Visit the team’s website for more details  at www.2056.ca.

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