Biosero is proud to once again sponsor Team Inspiration, a national robotics team of high school and college students, as they head to Sydney, Australia, to participate in the 2022 Maritime RobotX challenge. This is part of our continuing efforts to support STEM education among students.
This truly remarkable group of young people will be the first team of primarily high school students to participate in RobotX; a competition focused on designing marine autonomous multi-platform boats and drones. Most competing teams at RobotX are made up of undergraduate and graduate students. Team Inspiration will have a chance to work with marine experts from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
Team inspiration is made up of students from eighth grade through to college undergraduates, plus 25 mentors. They have participated in several national and international robotics competitions, including the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), Donkey Car, and RoboSub, and they have won more than 50 awards. They have defeated competing teams from top schools such as Harvard and MIT in national competitions. Here are some highlights from their last competition season:
- The team won first place Connect Award at the FTC regional/state championship, a competition for seventh to 12th graders to build and program autonomous robots.
- Team Inspiration also participated in RoboSub, an international underwater robotics competition sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in which participating teams design and build autonomous underwater vehicles. They competed against teams from 55 universities and four high schools and won multiple prizes in the skills videos categories. Specifically, they placed fourth in the hull design video and eighth in the sensor optimization video.
But that’s not all! Nine members of Team Inspiration interned at several technology companies last summer. Four members joined Biosero as software interns, where they had a chance to work with our Green Button Go software.
Team Inspiration members train in robotics, programming, and other disciplines when they are not competing. They also actively engage with other students in their communities through hosting open houses, mentoring other robotics teams, and teaching robotics summer camps. They even kept up their efforts during the lockdown! Team Inspiration members helped mentor robotics teams virtually and worked on developing a remotely operated underwater vehicle. They also presented their work to members of the International Council on Systems Engineering, the Marine Technology Society, and Nvidia.
Biosero shares Team Inspiration’s motto to learn, share, innovate, and inspire. In addition to sponsoring their competitive efforts, we have donated robotic arms and motors to support the team’s work. We are proud to continue investing in the next generation of automation engineers and scientists.
We look forward to seeing how our interns apply what they learned from our team. We’ll be cheering the team on from our headquarters in San Diego, and we wish them the very best of luck in Sydney!
Learn more about Team Inspiration here.