Good luck to our SHS Robotics Team as they compete this weekend in a Conference meet. Ever wondered about our Robotics program? This program has flourished in recent years and is now being taught in our elementary, middle school and high school curriculum.
The SHS Robotics Club started four years ago and has been a class during the school day for 2 years. Like all technology, robotics changes constantly! The team continuously upgrades their robot to stay competitive. Chris Peterson, the team sponsor and high school course teacher, said, “I am amazed at how different our first robot was designed compared to this year's model. Students see first hand how fast technology changes in this field and the benefits of constantly upgrading and learning.”
COVID-19 has changed the team’s season, making it different from previous years with most meets being virtual. One positive aspect to this change is that the team has been able to meet and compete with teams from all across the United States and Germany. Their normal season consists of Conference meets which are very similar to a standard high school track meet. They have 5-7 regular season meets with 6 games in each match. So, in total, the season consists of approximately 30 games.
The Regional tournament is held at Southeast Missouri State, Drury or Missouri S&T. The top 25 teams move on to State which is held at Missouri S&T in April. From State, the top 10 teams advanced to the World Competition held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. In the last two years, Missouri has had teams place in the top 5 at the World Competition where teams from China, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, and Japan compete for 4 days.
The "State" tournament our team competes at is made up of schools from eastern Kansas, Missouri, and eastern Tennessee. There are an average of 200 teams a year which compete in a season. Strafford has been in the top 50 out of 200 for the last four years!!
All of this would not be possible without the support from the teams’ corporate sponsors. These individuals and companies help the team with general funding, mechanical issues and guidance in making and repairing the robot. Thank you to all the sponsors listed below:
Chip Broemmer Advance Care Care
Doug Asby Asby Motors
Rick Hughlett Rick's Automotive
Greg Heffington Heffington Optical
Quentin Pendergrass Artisan Fabrication