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Waverly Robotics Raising Funds for World Championships

It’s finally happening: The machines are coming to take over the world.

Waverly Robotics, a multi-tiered robotics program serving Waverly Community Schools, is headed to the world championship event this month in Texas and is currently raising funds to make the trip to the competition.

After ranking 81st in Michigan out of 514 teams, Waverly Robotics received an invitation to compete at the 2024 FIRST Championship on April 17-20 in Houston. The three-day program is the culminating, international event for the youth robotics competition season and an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.

To help raise funds for the journey, the Waverly team is hosting a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Waverly Middle School, 620 Snow Road in Lansing. In addition, monetary donations via check, cash or card are welcome through the team’s PayPal link, paypal.com/donate/?campaign_id=H7Y6LJPLXV9ZN.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors, partners and community members,” said Adison Maldonado, student of Waverly Robotics. “None of our achievements would be possible without their unwavering encouragement and belief in our team.”

The ascent of Waverly Robotics to the world championships has been rapid. The organization began in late 2017 with just one high school competition team. It now has more than 20 teams in all grade levels and more than 250 student participants. The program helps students prepare for future STEAM careers and gain significant experience within a culture of growth and encouragement.

In addition to the world championship competition, Waverly Robotics was honored this year with the Impact Award, which recognizes the team’s commitment to community involvement, assisting other teams and inspiring STEAM education initiatives.

For more information about Waverly Robotics or to support the team’s journey to the world championship event, contact Jeff Parks at jparks@waverlyk12.net.

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