22 Gladstone Secondary Students are heading to Louisville, Kentucky Tuesday to see if their robots are worthy of a World Title.
It’s called the VEX Robotics World Championship and this is the 10th consecutive year Gladstone students are participating.
Robotics teacher Paul Wallace says competition specs differ each year.
Pre-selected tasks are chosen in advance and students have to makes sure their team robot can perform the tasks successfully.
For 2017, students had to build a robot to pick up objects and throw them over a fence as fast as possible.
“Everybody is throwing these objects over the fence trying to get them away from their side and onto the enemy’s side and it’s teams of two. There’s two on each side.”
“They basically live in the robotics lab, it’s a second life for them. They are there every day after school and most lunch hours. They will stay until I kick them out, they would stay all night if I let them.”
The high school, known for its Robotics program, is sending three teams to the week-long event.
The school won the world championship title back in 2012.