Robotics team competes in Missouri

May 25, 2017

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The 2016-17 school season is winding down and McBain students involved with robotics competition are likely to remember it for a long time.

A highlight for the McBain team was competing in World competition during the spring in Missouri.

“The team had a great time at Worlds,” Robotics advisor Danette Utecht said. “After a sendoff of high-fives and congratulations while walking the halls of the entire school, we left on Tuesday, April 25 and returned in the wee hours of April 30. We toured the Old Courthouse – the location of the Dred Scott Decision, and took a tram to the top of the Gateway Arch.

Rambler Robotics team in front of the Gateway Arch in St Louis during recent trip  to the World Competition.

Rambler Robotics team in front of the Gateway Arch in St Louis during recent trip
to the World Competition.

“We waded in the Mississippi River and went to the City Museum and St Louis Science Center.”

The McBain students then competed with over 600 FIRST Robotics Teams from over 35 countries.

“The first day we were as high as 11th place, but electrical problems plagued us the second day and we were not chosen for the final bracket play,” Utecht said. “The team members also visited scholarship Row, where colleges and universities from all over the U.S. were represented, and the Innovation Fair, where many companies and branches of the armed services were sharing how they use robotics and technology in their areas.”

This was the second year for robotics at McBain. The team qualified for state competition and then made it to the World Games this season.

Senior Hunter Ransom walking the halls of McBain Elementary School.

Senior Hunter Ransom walking the halls of McBain Elementary School.





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