Vigo County team competes in Robotics Tournament

This weekend brings a national robotics competition to Terre Haute. High school students from across the country are facing off in a sport of sorts.

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology hosts the event yearly, but this year’s competition offers local students a life changing experience.

The Rose Hulman gym has that Friday night feeling in the air.  School spirit emanating through the rafters as the chants begin. The officials get set, but when whistle blows

The metal competitors roll out at the annual Crossroads First Robotics high school competition.

“Today is all practice,” Rose Hulman student mentor Kelli Greenberg said Thursday. “Tomorrow will be qualification matches, Saturday will be some more qualification with the final matches.”

What you might find interesting is that despite being one of the largest robotics competitions in the state, before this year wasn’t a team from Terre Haute.

“We said to our selves why does Terre Haute not have a team?” Greenberg said.

That’s how Kelli Greenberg got involved. The former Terre Haute North Patriot helped to put together students from North, South, and West Vigo high schools.

As a team they are designing, building, and ultimately testing their creation. For some, like Daisy Bell, it’s opened her eyes to career possibilities.

“I’ve learned a whole ton of things mechanically and electrically,” Bell said. “I didn’t even know what an Allen wrench was. I’ve drilled, I’ve programmed, I’ve done electrical things, and I’ve soldered. I’ve done a whole bunch of stuff.”

On this day it’s just a test run. The first official competition for Vigo County will come tomorrow. If you’re Daisy Bell tomorrow is only the beginning.

“I never thought I’d do something like this,” Bell said. “I thought id just go through high school just do my grades and get (to Rose Hulman.) But I’ve learned about this and I’m gonna do this for four years.”

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