Ethan versus the the World: SOCES Student qualifies for Robotics World Championships

On February 17th, 11th grader Ethan Kurtz traveled to the Republic of Columbia in South America and qualified for the Robotics World Championships. Although his parents were very against the trip, Ethan went with his robotics team that he is involved with outside of SOCES. There he competed against high school aged students from around the world.

He described the second day as very interesting as they were paired up with a bunch of random teams for qualification rounds and ranking.

“The more matches you win, the higher your ranking is. The idea is that you go undefeated,” Kurtz explains.

Unfortunately, during his game, something snapped and he had to improvise. They ended one match in a tie. He expressed that this was nerve-wracking, but knew he was ready to take on all the teams after. Kurtz described his experience as unforgettable and something that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. As the competition begins to wind down,  their final results came in and he ended the competition with a 27-3.

Congratulations to Ethan Kurtz for his accomplishments. We wish him the best of luck in the world championships.