The brand new SCL Robotics Club made its first-ever appearance at the VEX Robotics Competition at Apollo High School in St. Cloud this past weekend and made quite an impression. The team of nine, led by Mr. Dave Tess and Mr. Lucas Boehm, entered two robots into the competition, one managed by a group of four students, and one managed by a group of five. After five hours of round-robin games where robots were required to stack cones on both mobile and stationery bases and move those bases into scoring zones, the five-member team was invited to join an alliance in the elimination round. At the end of three games, the team’s alliance was within just a few points of moving on to semifinals and qualifying for state but ultimately fell to the challenger. Even so, making it this far in such a large competition sparked a fire in the team. They look forward to their next competition on January 13 at Kimball High School.
The Robotics Club was organized this fall by Mr. Tess and Mr. Boehm at SCL. The team works on their robots many nights after school, but especially Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tess remarked, “I’m incredibly thankful to my mentors, Mark Zenk of Mankato West and Nathan Nolte of Fox Valley Lutheran, for kindly giving of their time and expertise to help us get off the ground. We also received a first-year grant from the REC Foundation to pay for one of the $1000+ competition kits. Our goal for next year is to expand the group to include more students, both male and female, and more competitions.”
See more images from the event at our Facebook Page.