PALMER, Mass (WGGB) – The Robotics Team at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School are representing Western Mass. in the world arena.
After months of hard work designing and building a robot, the team of 13 students went undefeated at the state level.
Now they will be joining teams from 28 countries in St. Louis, Mo. this month for the national competition.
The design for the robot began in October. The motor and wheels are standard parts of the machine, but the rest of the materials are part of their own strategy. One of their techniques was to make the robot heavy enough to not get pushed over by the other robots.
Each team member played a role in this project to best fit their ability. Positions ranging from building, to logging, and programming.
“They actually have a student program everything this robot does, there are hundreds of codes that run this robot,” says teacher, Eric Duda.
They all agree that camaraderie is key for success. “We understood one another very well,” says team captain, Kyle Lussier.
The team still needs $12,000 to pay for expenses for the trip.
To raise funds, they are hosting a chicken dinner at the Pathfinder School Cafeteria. It will be held April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 10 or younger.