CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Trojans Robotics Club won the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics competition held Saturday at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University.
Competing against 60 teams from throughout the Midwest, Centerburg’s Red Death, in alliance with two other robots, swept the Breakaway challenge. To win, the robot had to kick soccer goals, drive through a tunnel, negotiate bumps, and attach itself to a tower and lift itself with a pneumatic arm. The robot was controlled by a human driver using joysticks and a wireless control system, with programming code the students wrote.
“It was absolutely wonderful,” said parent mentor Janine Hebenthal. “Those kids played their hearts out and came together as a team. It was an amazing experience.”
The team now qualifies for the international championship event to be held in Atlanta, Ga., April 15 through 17, but, Hebenthal said, the group may not be able to afford to go. There is a minimum $5,000 registration fee, plus travel expenses.
The robotics team includes Carri Garber, Shannon Hogan, Alex Jones, Danni LeChard, Michael LeChard, Gracie Liston, Erik Salley, Tyler Scowden, Jared Swartzentruber, Audrey Urban, Zack Liston, Becca Trumble, Kathryn Hebenthal, Elaina Gundy, Thomas Liwosz, Greg Wilkinson, Abby Altizer, David Hebenthal, Noah Orr, Bryce Trumble, Graham Altizer and Austin Garber.
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