Madera Unified robotics team wins world championship in Houston

Madera High School’s robotics team became world champions on Saturday, winning the annual FIRST Robotics Championship in Houston.

The 15-member team, known as Madtown Robotics, was already ranked No. 1 in the world before Saturday’s win, according to the competition’s organizers. The team was undefeated through two regional competitions this year. Madtown placed fourth in the Houston competition last year.

Madera Unified released a statement on Saturday congratulating the team: “Tonight is the culmination of many years of dedication, hard work and perseverance! Congratulations to Madtown Robotics 1323 for winning the World Championship and having an unforgettable season.”

The competition in Houston ran from Wednesday through Saturday and comprised 400 teams in various divisions, including international teams from Canada, Ecuador, China and Australia.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo