Cyborg Cats Honored at Regionals
Westminster’s robotics team, the Cyborg Cats, competed in two regional competitions this past year. In March, the Cyborg Cats competed in the St. Louis Regional and finished 6th overall after the qualification matches. Performing well, the team were made captain of the 5th ranked alliance in the playoff matches finishing in 5th place. Each alliance is made up of three teams, and each team must work together to advance. The Cyborg Cats were awarded with the highest engineering award: Excellence in Engineering.
In April, the team went on to compete again in the Kansas City Regional competition and did exceptionally well, finishing 2nd overall after the qualification matches. Once again, the team were made captain—this time for the 2nd ranked alliance. After winning the first two matches of the playoff round, the Cyborg Cats’ alliance teammates had communication issues with their robots resulting in the alliance finishing 3rd. Nevertheless, the team’s determination and engineering prowess impressed the judges earning the team a judge’s choice award. “I am so proud of the entire team,” says Mike Decker, head of the STEM program at Westminster and of the Robotics team. “We competed really well and did fantastic. We all wanted a different outcome, but all your hard work, practice, and dedication showed!”