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Astromechs at MO State Championships

Astromechs at MO State Championships

FTC North Super Regionals!

Students from the Astromechs Robotics Team #3409 , a Kansas City community-based robotics club, participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional robotics tournament March 29 - April 1 at the U.S. Cellular Center/DoubleTree Hotel & Convention Center in Cedar Rapids,IA.

Working with their mentors, students designed and built a robot using Android cell phone technology as well as metal gears, motors, sensors, and game controllers. The robot, which is roughly 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide, will represent the team in the Velocity Vortex, an action-packed game that pits robots against one another in a test of precision and speed.

The Super-Regional tournament followed several months of community robotics meets, where students work out technical bugs and perfect their robot’s mechanical operations. In order to advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional, a team’s robot must beat out other robots at qualifying tournaments. The FIRST Tech Challenge is open to students grades 7-12 and offers them the chance to build robots using math, science, technology and sound engineering principles. Roughly 72 teams representing schools and communities in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin competed in the 2017 Super-Regional competition.

The Astromechs were among the winning teams selected to continue on to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in St. Louis, April 26-29, 2017.

“FIRST Tech Challenge promotes exciting, project-based learning in a fun environment,” says Rebecca Whitaker, FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner for Iowa, University of Iowa College of Engineering. “This experience gives boys and girls the knowledge and confidence to become innovation leaders.”

The FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional competition was sponsored by Rockwell Collins and the Center for Energy Workforce Development: Get Into Energy.

Alumni of the FIRST programs are eligible for up $50 million in college scholarships from numerous universities and corporate sponsors. To view a video that explains the Velocity Vortex:

Astromechs Robotics Team #3409

  • Mina Buchholz , sophomore, Oak Park High School
  • Cody Cameron , junior, home school
  • RJ Dedert , freshman, Smithville High School
  • Garet Holcomb , freshman, Park Hill South High School
  • Aidan Krokstrom , sophomore, Smithville High School
  • Freddie Penrod , 8th grade, Lakeview Middle School
  • Winston Penrod , sophomore, Park Hill South High School
  • Kevin Pugsley, freshman, Park HIll South High School
  • Jaeza Robertson , sophomore, Oak Park High School
  • Jezec Robertson , 8th grade, home school
  • Jozen Robertson, senior, home school

Ken Pugsley, head coach Steve Penrod, assistant coach Sindie Henson-Pugsley, mentor and business manager

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Sindie Henson-Pugsley