Upper School Robotics Team Finishes in Top 20 in the World

Upper School Robotics Team Finishes in Top 20 in the World

Seattle Academy’s Upper School Robotics Team 2856 Tesseract is one of the four top judged First Tech Challenge robotics teams in the World. 2856 was one of the four finalists for the coveted Inspire Award at the World’s Championship in Houston which took place April 19 – 22. The Inspire Award recognizes “a strong ambassador for FIRST programs… a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams…[and]…is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. ” This is truly an honor. The Upper School team took home some “hardware.”

2856 Tesseract finished 15th out of 64 teams during competition play in their division. They won 6 and lost 3 but did not advance to the elimination bracket for this particular competition.


The participating students and mentors both had a wonderful experience in Houston, working through challenges with the robots, meeting other teams, and bonding through various activities tangentially related to robotics (eg Roboprom and a Chopped cooking challenge). The team was supported by multiple parents who made the journey to witness the team’s accomplishments firsthand.

The World’s event included a variety of offerings such as an Innovation Faire which had a mobile, interactive robot, virtual reality simulators and other cutting edge demonstrations. The culminating awards ceremony was held in Minute Maid park and included semi-final and final matches in FRC and FTC, various musical guest performances, and speeches by robot enthusiasts Dean Kamen, Woody Flowers, and Will.I.Am.

During the tournament, Upper School students and faculty held a viewing party on campus together to watch the live-stream competition and support Team Tesseract 2856 from afar!

Robotics World Viewing

Congrats to the entire Upper School Robotics Team members, faculty advisors, and their families! Enjoy a 28.56 second robotics club produced video of their time in Houston.

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