The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rocker Robotics Team 1706 and Lutheran High School Roboteers Team 4329 will co-host the 2018 Missouri State Robotics Championship on Saturday, June 9th at Liberty High School.
The championship event draws in the top 24 ranked teams from across Missouri competing on three-team alliances with 120 pound industrial grade robots that are designed, built, and operated by high school students. This year’s PowerUp arcade-themed game challenges students to build and program robots to perform tasks like picking up cubes from the floor, placing them on a switch and scale, and ascending to face the game boss. Students from across the state will display their real-world engineering skills, leadership abilities, and FIRST spirit.
This exciting event is open to the public, and everyone is invited to see what FIRST Robotics Competition is all about. Liberty High School is located at 2275 Sommers Rd, Lake St Louis, MO 63367, with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m., with qualifying rounds starting at 9:30, play-offs/finals starting at 1:30, and awards at 4:30 p.m. Concessions and MO State Championship t-shirts will be available for purchase and there will also be displays and demonstrations of the other FIRST programs for K-8 students.
The Ratchet Rockers Team is comprised of about 50 students from all three WSD high schools: Holt, Liberty and Timberland. The team was part of an alliance that reached the finals at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas in April, reaching their highest ranking and farthest elimination run ever at the event this year. They qualified for the FIRST World Championship for the second consecutive year after reaching the finals at both the St. Louis and Midwest-Chicago Regional competitions this spring.
For more information about the State Championship, including contacts, volunteer opportunities, and t-shirt pre-ordering, are available on the event site. More information about the WSD Ratchet Rockers can be found at ratchetrockers1706.org, and the LHS Roboteers at http://www.4329roboteers.org/.