TH Robotics team headed to world competition

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Last month we told you about a group of Vigo County students making waves in the national robotics world. Now, the team is set to make a global impression of technology in Terre Haute.

When we last saw the Vigo County robotics team, they were competing in a regional competition for the first time ever; all with the hope of at least performing. But the team went beyond that,

“We were able to be chosen by the second seeded alliance and make our way to winning the crossroad (regional robotics competition) by being a part of the winning alliance,” Rose Hulman student mentor Kelli Greenberg said.

Vigo County’s joint squad came in first with help from three other teams. Which means Monday, Kelli Greenberg had her high school students back in the workshop preparing for something bigger.

“(We will compete) at St. Louis for the world’s competition,” Greenberg explained.  “It will be 400 teams just like ours that go and in 4 different divisions compete to play on the final field.”

“I was proud of how far we made it and how well we did for a rookie team because I wasn’t really expecting to do that good,” Terre Haute North Student Ari Trejo said.

Having exceeded Ari Trejo and her teammate’s expectations, Vigo County’s team is now working to exceed their last performance. Facing off against the world’s best, these students are innovative.

Here’s a secret glimpse for you. The old model was more a shovel for picking up the game ball. This newer model is a little faster and gets possession of the ball from any angle and quickly.

But win or lose, it’s an exciting ride.

“It’s been amazing I know for me and the other mentors and all the students it’s just been a once in a lifetime experience,” Greenberg said.

The world competition will be from April 23rd through the 26th in St. Louis.

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