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Wentzville robotics crowned state champs


The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team 1706 poses after their state championship win.

The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team earned the title of 2018 Missouri State First Robotics Competition [FRC] Champion as part of a three-team alliance on Saturday, June 9.

The team now heads to its final competition of the season, the Indiana Robotics Invitational from July 13-14, which features the best of the best from across the nation.  

In the FRC, the top 25 teams from across the state competed in a one-day tournament held at Liberty High in Lake Saint Louis, which was co-hosted by the Ratchet Rockers Team 1706 and Lutheran Roboteers Team 4329.

The three-team alliances all competed with 120-pound, industrial-grade robots that were designed, built and operated by high school students. The Ratchet Rockers were awarded the Robot of the Year Award.

“Receiving this peer-based award signifies that the robotics community of Missouri recognizes the hard work and dedication that was put into making ‘Scorpion’ into a world-class robot,” said team mentor Teresa Clark.

Ranked second in Missouri after a successful season, Ratchet Rockers eam 1706 was chosen by the No. 1-ranked team, Team 1806 S.W.A.T. of Smithsville, to be in their alliance, along with rookie team 7117 Robotic Dragons of De Soto. The alliance went undefeated in elimination rounds in a proven field of formidable opponents before winning in the final round of competition.

The Ratchet Rockers Team is comprised of about 50 students from all three Wentzville high schools – Holt, Liberty and Timberland. 

“It’s awesome to be a part of this team and to see their excitement, as well as how involved the students become in the process. The team works together so well to achieve a common goal,” said team mentor Dr. Narelle Deatherage.

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