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Malden Participates in “We Are Robo” Championship

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The City of Malden will be represented at the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics World Championship by Malden students, who have been part of the “We Are Robo” community robotics team for three years. We Are Robo won the Lexington Qualifier, the Massachusetts State Championship (for the second year in a row) and has successfully advanced past the Regional Championship in Scranton PA, which recently hosted 72 of the best teams from 12 States.

The team will next compete at the Detroit World Championship at the COBO Arena from April 25-28th. They will compete as one of the 127 best teams from 24 states and Canada, Europe, Pakistan, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The FIRST FTC robotics league began this year with 9000 teams nationally and worldwide.  After a series of local, state and regional tournaments, only a small number remain to contend for one of the two World division titles. Based on a geographic split, a Houston World Championship will also be held that will host the remaining states, countries and a similar number of elite teams.

FTC robot competitions use a 12'x12' playing field in which four robots, representing two alliance pairs, compete for points by solving technical challenges. Robots use real-time image recognition software to read cryptic signs, to identify and displace opponent's jewels, to navigate to different areas of the field to place objects in specific locations and patterns, to move a figurine from an inside corner to different point-value locations out of the field and finally to balance their robot on a platform, all in under two and one half minutes.

The We Are Robo team has been involved in local community outreach activities, including 4H, Topsfield Fair, Cambridge Robot Zoo, Boys and Girls Club and collections for Hurricane Harvey Relief.  The team is comprised of Malden homeschooled students, sophomore, Kayla Akombi (Website Designer, 3D /CAD Engineer, Robot Tuner) and 8th grader Chloe Akombi, (3D/ CAD Engineer, Robot Tuner.)  Wakefield students include homeschooled senior Cole Kraus (Mechanical and Electrical Engineer) and Wakefield High School senior Preston Yee (Software Engineer), junior Calvin Yee (Accessory Engineer) and 8th grader Sydney Yee (Engineering Notebook Coordinator and soldering specialist). We Are Robo coaches are Malden natives and Malden high school alumni, Lester Yee and Annette Dupon. For more information, please visit:  To learn more about team efforts, email:

We Are Robo students demonstrate their project for Mayor Christenson

Mayor Gary Christenson with Malden We Are Robo students

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden