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.