Waterloo Regional Banner Team 2056 went to the University of Waterloo between March 20th and March 22nd to claim an eighteenth consecutive regional victory. The eighteenth consecutive regional victory extends the team’s world record. Seeded fourth with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses, OP Robotics was chosen by The Cheesy Poofs from San Jose California, world champions from 2011, as their first alliance partner. The alliance was completed with Warp 7, Team 865 from Toronto.

The first regional competition of the year proved the resiliency of the team to solve numerous difficult problems with the robot on Thursday March 20th prior to the qualification rounds on Friday March 21st. With new head designer Trevor Kearse and new driver coach Zac Young the team with continuous determination implemented viable and outstanding engineering solutions. Through the team’s great effort OP Robotics won the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi. .Tarjote Chaggar, mentor alumnus of OP Robotics was awarded with the volunteer of the year at the Waterloo Regional.

The new drive team of Chris Pyc, Will Alex and Mac Wells performed exceptionally by going undefeated in the elimination rounds. The programming of the robot was flawless throughout the elimination rounds, special mention to John Muchynski who was the student lead in programming the robot this year. Congratulations to all students from the scouting team to the pit crew because of their tremendous efforts Team 2056 has qualified for the world championship in St. Louis in April 2014.

Teacher Stan Hunter and design engineer Tyler Holtzman from Jantz Canada mentor the team; both exemplify the key ingredients required to be an international success story. The team would like to thank all their sponsors and supporters for their continued dedication to the team. With their support the Orchard Park students will show the world what they can accomplish through determination and perseverance. Team 2056 is hoping to continue their winning ways at the Windsor Essex Regional competition held at the University of Windsor on April 4th and April 5th.