Marion’s first year robotics team sparks interest

April 25, 2019

By John Raffel

MARION — It was a strong rookie season for the Marion robotics team, which had its first competition of the season at Lakeview High School near Battle Creek.

“Students really did an incredible job for their first year. We worked hard as a team and had high rankings at the end of our first competition meet,” said Coach Ron Schmidt.

The following week, Marion went to Muskegon High School to compete.  
“One important fact we found out was that when the meets are back to back it is really difficult to fix any broken parts,” Schmidt said. “We had a ramp system that was damaged while in Battle Creek and we struggled to get parts made for the next competition. Overall we were part of the 542 teams in the state that competed in Robotics.

‘Marion ended the season ranking at 342 and receiving many compliments and safety awards. We have gained a lot of experience and now it should be really fun in the upcoming years. With robotics catching on throughout many schools, Marion has already started a junior high robotics League.  We have currently about 15 students interested in this and we have been working on getting a robotics kit assembled. The junior high has a competition May 17 in Richmond.”

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