HEAVY METAL: Robotics team takes 8th in state, looking to build program

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In the cold morning of  Dec. 8, a small robotics team, composed of only five students, left the KHS teacher parking lot with one goal: let every school district in Texas know that a new dangerous competitor had arrived. And they did just that.

Seventy four teams from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas competed at the B.E.S.T (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) State Championship at the Dr. Pepper Arena over at Frisco.

Competition was not hard at all, it was very fun to show what we worked so hard on,” said freshman Harrison Lowder.

Many of the teams with experience in the competition were really impressed with the team’s performance since It was its first year competing, and recognized that it could become a really strong competitor.

Even though the team members had many things going against them, they managed to stay focused and under control. As a result they made it to semifinals and finished in eighth place overall, which surpassed all expectations anybody had for the team, including themselves.

“I’m very proud of the hard work, ingenuity, and determination our students devoted to their robots,” principal Amy Keith said.

Kaufman ended the B.E.S.T season with an impressive second place at regionals and eighth place at state.

The KHS Robotics team at the state meet in Frisco.

“Now that competition has ended we are working on making small promotion robots so we can take them to local places and promote robotics in the community,” said Lowder.

Everything the team does from this point forward counts for next year’s competition, so they are already working on sponsorships, research, and even building and programing. They also want to improve and get more students involved.

“We need to recruit more students with various skills, there are opportunities for students that desire to work in marketing, sales, graphic design, and even a need for spirit groups. This program has the potential to encompass quite a few departments and I’m looking forward to watching the growth of this program,“ said Keith, Next year, we hope to offer computer programming that includes Java and C++ programming.”

Members say that the program is not an easy one. It is really competitive and can be frustrating at times, yet fun, satisfying and rewarding as well. The program is hoping for more support, and the students are working hard on communicating this to the rest of their classmates.

“If students are even remotely interested or mildly curious, talk to Mr. Bucholtz or Mr. Wiley,” said Keith, “there is a place for everyone’s skill set, everyone has something to offer.”

 

 

The team’s robot is named “Bessie the Beast.”

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