A Team 120 member gets emotional after winning the world championship. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
A team of local students just won the coveted FIRST Robotics World Championship, and they did it with their amazing engineering skills. This week’s Romona’s Kids are in Cleveland.
Youth Technology Academy Team 120: Cleveland’s Team, along with teams from Illinois, California and Virginia, made up the winning alliance that took the top prize April 30 in St. Louis. The International competition included more than 20,000 students from 42 countries.
“Everybody worked, had a part to do in the robot, it’s just teamwork,” said Peng Zhou, Team 120 member. “Some nights we stayed until 10 or 11 o’clock,” said Mark Goeser, Team 120 member. “Friday night consisted of this, we didn’t go to parties, we’re just here working on the robot, it’s a lot of work!” “This is where we aspire, it’s where we learn to innovate and become the future,” said Iris Harris, Team 120 member. “I feel like this is not only a big win for Cleveland but it’s also a big win for us and this helps our future!”
Team 120 is made up of hundreds of students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and it helps them go on to engineering and STEM careers. Youth Technology Academy hosts more than 1,000 students from 18 different CMSD Schools.