Weston’s GNCE FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team will represent MA

Making Weston history, a group of eight Weston High School sophomores earned themselves a ticket to the 2022 World FIRST Championship of Robotics in April by winning the MA First Tech Challenge (FTC) state championship matches.

This group of students: Alex Ko, Arjun Jasuja, Ellie Tillman-Schwartz, Finley Campbell, Sam Atefi, TJ Dahl, Zach Kano, and Zack Gumbert have been robotics enthusiasts since they were in sixth grade at Weston Middle School. Many of them participated in WMS Robotics’ FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams. They coined their name as a team in 2019 at WMS as GNCE, short for Galactic Narwhal Chicken Effect (which is a story for another time).

Two years ago when they were in the 8th grade, the GNCE team qualified for the world championship of LEGO robotics for the first time in town history. The event was unfortunately canceled due to the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Since then, their dream had been to again advance to the world championship; however, the competition is much steeper at the more advanced FTC high school level.

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