‘It was just great’: Helena robotics team wins award at world competition

Helena’s Fusion 4133 Robotics Team came back with more hardware than they went down with to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston.

“It was just great — an impressive group of kids,” head coach Jamie Dushin said. “They killed it all year.”

Fusion 4133 with their World Championship Tournament Edison Division Design Award. From left to right: Joey Keller, Lincoln Frederickson, Grady Dushin, Kathleen Cook, Zach Heller, Miranda Sheafor, Kate Drynan and Steele Hansing.

Photo courtesy of Fusion 4133

Fusion 4133 won the World Championship Tournament Edison Division Design Award at the competition that took place April 18-22. Around 7,000 FIRST Tech Challenge teams competed in the 2022-23 robotics season but only 192 teams advanced to the championship. There were four divisions in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, and Fusion 4133 played 11 matches while competing in the Edison Division.

Some of the robotics teams at worlds were sponsored by Apple, Silicon Valley, Boeing, NASA and more, but that didn’t deter teams from smaller states. Sheafor said Fusion 4133 doesn’t have one big sponsor but is

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