Strategy and teamwork take Wentzville Robotics group to a World Champion Finals

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The Wentzville School District Ratchet Rockers Robotics Team was partial of an fondness that reached a Finals during a FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas Apr 19-21.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an innovative module that encourages immature people to pursue STEM preparation and career opportunities by mixing sports fad with a rigors of scholarship and technology.

Each year, First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams attend in a six-week build deteriorate that leads them to contest during regional, state, and potentially, a universe competition. Under despotic rules, singular resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, pattern a brand, practice teamwork, and build and module robots to perform tasks opposite competitors. The World Championship is an invitation-only eventuality that enclosed 700 teams from 43 countries, including a United States, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Brazil and China.

At a finish of subordinate matches, a team’s record was 8-2-0 and they were ranked 8th out of 68 teams in their subdivision. WSD Team 1706 shaped an fondness with BumbleB (Team 3339 out of Israel), Walton Robotics (Team 2974 from Georgia), and Swarm (Team 957 from Oregon). The fondness challenged their competition with consistent, vital brick chain and tough defense. The Ratchet Rockers finished a three-day eventuality with a final record of 12-5-1, eventually losing to a Houston World Championship winners, an fondness from California, Texas, and Washington. “The team’s considerable design, strategy, programming, and teamwork led them to acquire a standing of Finalist in a Hopper Subdivision,” common group media/tech coach Brandy Antonio.

The Ratchet Rockers continue to have their best altogether season, earning a arrange of Finalist during both a St. Louis and Midwest-Chicago Regionals. They also warranted a Innovation in Control Award in Chicago for their considerable unconstrained programming that authorised a drudge to finish tasks but a driver. Team 1706 has competed during a FIRST World Championship for dual uninterrupted years now, reaching their top ranking and farthest rejecting run ever during a eventuality this year.

The group relies on internal and informal sponsors like Ranken to build a robot, enter competitions, support transport expenses, and run internal events. “A large interjection goes out to Boeing, Schneider Electric, SCTE, and TDK Technologies for their financial support and mentorship,” pronounced Antonio. “We are beholden for a many supporters, including a Wentzville School District, who have supposing a appropriation and support for a successful season!”

On Jun 9th, a Ratchet Rockers will host, run, and contest in a Missouri State Robotics Competition during Liberty High School. They are now ranked 3rd in Missouri and demeanour brazen to showcasing their skills with their rarely rival robot. This is an eventuality open to a open and all are welcome.

The Ratchet Rockers Team is stoical of about 50 students from all 3 WSD high schools: Holt, Liberty and Timberland. To learn some-more about a WSD Ratchet Rockers Team or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, revisit their website:, or follow a group on Twitter @FRC1706, and

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