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Wentzville robotics team receives $1,000 grant

Cuivre River Electric Community Trust presented the Ratchet Rockers Robotics team with a $1,000 Operation Round-Up grant.

Cuivre River Electric Community Trust awarded $1,000 to Ratchet Rockers Robotics, Inc. in support of the team’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Ratchet Rockers Robotics is a team of 50 students from Liberty, Timberland and Holt high schools in the Wentzville School District. The team was founded in 2005 and competes in FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] encourages students to pursue STEM education and career opportunities through robotics.

The Cuivre River Operation Round-Up grant will help cover expenses for the group, which is solely funded by donations and grants.

This spring, Ratchet Rockers won the FIRST St. Louis regional competition, advanced to state finals and qualified for the FIRST World Championship, held in downtown St. Louis.

“We definitely have grown in our performance,” said Jacob Clark, who just wrapped up his junior year. “This was an amazing year. Our best, hopefully, is in front of us.”

Team members learn not only skills in designing and building a robot, but also life skills that will stay with them as they grow older. “For every single kid here, it is life-changing,” said Teri Clark, an adult mentor who helps the team.

During the season, the team meets five days a week, with all-day sessions on Saturdays. In the off-season, the team practices once or twice a week. The team is housed at Pearce Hall, owned by the district.

For more information about the team, visit their website at www.ratchetrockers1706.org.

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