TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A group of high school students are getting ready to take part in a memorable trip, thanks to their impressive skills outside the classroom.
This life-size robot was made by Tunkhannock Area High School’s robotics team. They built it in six weeks.
“I wouldn’t call it hard, but it’s a fun learning game. It’s a sport for the mind,” says Mariah Tague, member, Tunkhannock TigerTrons 222.
The students’ creation has landed them a spot in the worlds championship in Detroit, Michigan later this month.
“It is an amazing feeling to know that we made it by ourselves without any assistance of any awards. It was purely our robots ability to do what we built it for,” Tague explains.
Multiple robots from different schools compete at once. Using a controller, students must make their robot fasten balls and disks to various parts of the comptetition field.
“Our goal is to load a rocketship and get ourselves off planet primus using our robot,” Tague adds.
They’ll try to score as many points as possible.
“It’s definetely a bit of a weight knowing that you’re responsible to actually perform on the field with the robot we spent so much time making,” says Ryan Valewski, member, Tunkhannock TigerTrons 222.
This is designed to show students that working with science and technology can be fun. It also teaches them the value of teamwork.
“It’s a real good method to unite students together and show them what the real world will be like,” smiles Cliff Mock, team mentor.
Building a robot and valuable, lifelong skills.
The students are asking for donations to help fund their trip to Detroit, which is scheduled from April 24th-27th.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE: Visit Tigertrons.net, where there’s a donation link at the bottom of the page. Or, you can find the team on Facebook at ‘TigerTrons 222’.