Infinite Loop Robotics Team. Not all members are present.
While most people have heard about MHS’s award-winning robotics team, Infinite Loop, few people are aware of the huge honor they received last fall.
Infinite Loop Robotics has competed at several world championships over the years and has received numerous awards, including 4 consecutive Engineering Inspiration award. This past October, the team was delighted to be one of only six qualified First Robotics teams from the US to be invited to China to participate in a cultural and technological exchanged called the “Sino-US United Project.”
The First China International Competition will take place from June 2nd through June 4th 2017 at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and will feature 200 First robotics teams from around the world. The purpose of the competition, according to the memo from First China Robotics Association, is to “create new international robotics partnerships” and bring together “students from all over the world in the largest First competition series event to ever take place in Asia.”
Of the six robotics teams invited from USA, Infinite Loop is one of two from Maine. The other is team 172 Northern Force from Falmouth-Gorham area. Each team has been introduced to a team in China that they will collaborate with throughout the 2017 competition season, which kicked off January 7th. These cross-continental collaborative teams will “share design strategies to construct a 100 pound industrial grade robot” for the purpose of conducting “a real-life international robotics engineering project.”
With the new season well underway and the days ticking down to the late May departure, coaches Lisa Klein and Keith McGlauflin are working hard to finalized details. In the meantime the team building headquarters at Wrabacon, Inc. in Oakland is a busy place as the team and their mentors continue to prepare for the regular competition season and use email and Skype to develop their robot with the China team. Infinite Loop will be sending 3 of their 16 student members, 2 alumni members, and 2 mentors.
First Robotics and other local partners in China will provide lodging, in-country transportation and meals. The team is responsible for visas, plane tickets, and personal items and hope to hold a Bob Marley fundraiser later this spring.