All LSR7 high schools’ robotics teams to attend World Championship
Robotics teams at all three Lee’s Summit High Schools have once again qualified to participate at the World Championship competition this year in Houston, Texas, April 17-21. Last year over 15,000 students in grades K-12, from 25 states and 42 countries, and their custom-built robots, competed in this event with similar numbers expected this year. A second Championship will be in Detroit, Michigan, for even more students from the other 25 states and numerous countries.
In the FIRST robotics program, teams of high school students with adult coaches and mentors design, build and program a robot to complete a specific game challenge. Unlike traditional sports, the rules and objectives of the game challenge change every year. This year the challenge for FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams was “Destination: Deep Space” and the challenge for FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) teams was “Rover Ruckus”. Both challenges were based on space themes with robots needing to manipulate various game pieces and load them into “cargo ships” in preparation for space travel.
Lee’s Summit North BroncoBots FRC team competed in the Heartland Regional, March 14-16, and seeded 9th out of 36 teams, making it to the quarterfinals round. They also received the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford. They spent the next three weeks perfecting their climbing mechanism prior to competing in the Central Missouri Regional, April 5-7. They seeded 8th in that tournament and went on to captain the number 6 alliance to win the tournament. This win qualified the BroncoBots to compete at the World Championship. LSNHS student Zane Dautenhahn also was selected as a Dean’s List Finalist, the highest award for an individual student, and will compete for the Dean’s List Award at the Championship competition.
Lee’s Summit High School Team Driven FRC competed in the Heartland Regional and seeded 3rd out of 36 teams. They captained the #2 alliance to the finals and were honored as Regional Finalists for the tournament. This finalist placement qualified them to compete at the World Championships. They received the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for their business and fundraising program. LSHS student Josh Rehwaldt was selected as a Dean’s List Finalist. LSHS competed again at the Greater Kansas City Regional March 21-23 where they seeded 3rd after qualification matches. They were selected to be on the 2nd seed alliance and succeeded in becoming the tournament winners. They were also honored with the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award for their program, which brings with it a $5,000 grant from NASA which pays for their Championship tournament registration.
Lee’s Summit West High School’s FRC team, Team Titanium, competed in the Heartland Regional, seeding 2nd and being selected to be on the number 1 seed alliance. They ended the tournament in the semifinals and received the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi. Team Titanium’s second tournament was the Greater Kansas City Regional where they seeded 1st after qualification matches. They captained the number one alliance and ended as tournament finalists, qualifying for a spot at the Championships. They were honored with the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. Team Titanium competed at the Seven Rivers Regional in La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 3-6. They seeded second after qualification matches and again were on the number one alliance in elimination rounds. They made it to the finals and ended as tournament finalists. They were again awarded the highest award for robot attributes, the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi.
Lee’s Summit West’s smaller team, Team Titanium Tech, competed in the FTC division of FIRST. They won their qualifier at Notre Dame de Sion on December 15, then went on to seed first and win the FTC State Championship in Rolla on March 9. This qualifies them for a spot in the Championships for the FTC program. They go into this competition as the highest ranked robot of the competition, based on data from the competition season.
All Lee’s Summit teams have enjoyed tremendous success on the FIRST Robotics competition for many years. However the greatest success is in preparing our students for success after high school. A high percentage of participants in these programs, including over 90% at one school, have gone on to pursue STEM degrees. They have been granted admission to prestigious universities including MIT, Harvard, Purdue, UCLA, and many others. Many alumni return year after year to mentor younger students and to volunteer at tournaments. The program is supported by the district with a robotics build facility but the programs do not receive any operating funds from the school district. Each team has to raise their own funds for tournament registration, robot parts, travel expenses, and equipment. If you are interested in supporting these teams in their trip to the Championship or in supporting the program through the regular season, please contact any of the schools, or contact Sheryl Franke at the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.
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