Posted Date: 09/29/2022
Orange High School Robotics Team 1787 - The Flying Circuits traveled to the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland on September 24, 2022 and successfully defended its championship at the annual Curiosity Open. As the defending champs, the team was excited about the opportunity to win the blue banner, but also to introduce several new members to the competition atmosphere. Orange had 31 students at the event, which is the largest group they have ever taken to an off-season competition.
The team was also thrilled to enter a second robot that was built during the offseason, which is a first for the team. The second robot, called Noodle, has a new drivetrain that allows it to move in any direction at will. While Noodle performed well, ultimately it was Orange’s 2022 robot, called Floppy Disk, who took the win from a field of 22 robots.
“I am most proud of the efforts of the team as a whole,” said OHS Technology Teacher and Robotics Advisor Ryan McMonigle. “At an event like this, there is always some level of adversity that every team has to face. Things break, and mistakes happen along the way. The team did an amazing job addressing each mishap as they came, and found clever solutions to each and every problem. They worked as a team and definitely earned the blue banner as a team. We have an amazing group of dedicated members, and I am looking forward to the new 2023 season!”