While only being a competitive team for one year, the Westminster High School (WHS) Drone Soccer Team has many reasons to celebrate. On Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, WHS hosted the State and National Qualifying Competitions for the U.S. Drone Soccer Competitive Leagues. By Friday afternoon, the Wolves had placed 2nd in the entire State of Colorado and placed the same at the National Qualifying Competition on Saturday.
Drone Soccer is the only educational robotics competition that is also an internationally sanctioned team sport by the World Air Sports Federation. Opposing teams fly RC quadcopter drones in protective cages designed for full-contact gameplay as they ram and block each other in midair. Students must build, program, and repair professional-grade drones while learning valuable skills towards high-paying aerospace careers.
Robbie Ferguson, the Drone Soccer coach and Aerospace teacher at WHS, was thrilled with the team’s achievement. “I am so proud of my team,” he said, “They have developed such a strong team bond over the past couple of months and it truly showed at the tournament. Next year, we will continue to expand this program and I can only imagine where they will take us with this exciting opportunity!”