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Robotics team claims victory

Members of Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team competing in Knoxville, Tenn. [WSD photo]

Wentzville School District’s Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team 1706 won the Engineering Inspiration Award after competition in Knoxville, Tenn., from March 29-30. The award celebrates success in advancing appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. The Engineering Inspiration Award also focuses on measurable efforts with outreach and commitment to STEM and acknowledges year-round efforts in the community. The team’s work to host and run local robotics events, participation in local STEM activities and the support extended to other FIRST teams was also acknowledged. As winners, the team earned a spot at the World Championship Competition in Houston, Texas, on April 17-20. The team’s registration fee for the event is covered and sponsored by NASA.

“It is only with the support of the Wentzville School District, business sponsors, community, mentors, and families, that the Ratchet Rockers are able to succeed each season,” team mentor Brandy Antonio said. The team’s recent campaign, “FIRST for ALL,” was also recognized at the Knoxville competition for promoting inclusion and accessibility for FIRST robotics at competitions.

FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology], is a program encouraging students to pursue STEM education and career opportunities. Each year, First Robotics Competition [FRC] teams participate in a six-week build season to compete at regional, state and world competitions. At the Smoky Mountain Regional, the Ratchet Rockers competed in a pool of 51 teams from nine states, as well as from Canada and Germany. Team 1706 reached the quarterfinals as part of an alliance with two other Tennessee teams. The Smoky Mountain Regional was the second competition of the season for the Ratchet Rockers. Match information for the World Championship can be found at www.thebluealliance.com, and matches will be streamed live on twitch.tv.

For more information about the Ratchet Rocker Robotics Team 1706, visit ratchetrockers1706.org.

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