Four Pottawatomie County schools placed in the top 40 at the First Robotics Regional Competition March 6-9 at the Cox Convention Center.
Students from Shawnee High School, Seminole High School, Tecumseh High School and the Gordon Cooper Technology Center spent weeks designing, building and perfecting their robots to compete at regionals and qualify for the World Championship in Houston April 17-20.
After competing in qualifier rounds for a day and a half, Gordon Cooper's Sprockets and the SHS Robo Pack formed an alliance and competed in the semi-finals together. According to coach Roger Farris, the teams lost.
However, the Sprockets were awarded the Underwriters Laboratory Safety Award and Engineering Inspiration Award. Team member Laura Farris won the Dean’s List Award. By winning the Engineering Inspiration and Dean's List the team and Laura qualified for the World Championship where they will compete with teams all over the globe.
They were also awarded a $5,000 scholarship from NASA which will pay the World registration fee.
The Robo Pack ended up placing in third out of 62 teams with their robot Laika.
Though they did not qualify for World, assistant coach Josh Watson said this was the farthest the team has ever gone.
Seminole's team, Danger Noodle Danger also competed and ended up placing 36 out of 62.
For the first time Tecumseh competed in Robotics and ended up placing 40 out of 62 and also received the Rookie Inspiration Award.
Next week Farris said the Sprockets will compete at the Colorado First Robotics Competition.