KCSD robotics team finishes in the top ten in state competition | News
The KC Robotics team—comprised of 10 local high school students—was ranked 9th out of 65 teams overall in the FIRST® First Robotics Competition, Ultimate Ascent, in Myrtle Beach, earlier this month.
“This is fantastic news,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “Our students participated against teams with more members and much greater resources and still came out on top. I give a lot of credit to these young people and their coaches.”
Head coach Paul Sullivan said the team finished 6-2 in qualifying rounds and advanced to the playoffs. This was the best performance for the team since its inception in 2005. The team reached their high score of 100 points in the quarterfinal match.
“The team worked really had to get the robot ready for the competition,” said Sullivan. “The robot performed well and the students did an excellent job driving it. We were all very excited throughout the competition.”
Sullivan explained that the competition changes each year. This year the competition’s playing pieces were Frisbees. The high school students build robots that collect and shoot Frisbees in a timed competition. The teams can also gain extra points by having their 120 pound robots climb towers at the end of the match.
Team members include Lugoff-Elgin High School students Aaron Adolphson, Kenneth Hensley, Austin Massey, Ian O’Neill, Lorraine Russell, Logan Skrabak and Jansen Simmons; Camden High students Sean Murphy and Ethan Welch; and home school student Tanner Cooper. Team mentors include Henry Bull, Larry Slade, Dave Stanek, LeAnne Joyner and Paul Sullivan.
Membership on the robotics team is open to all students in grades 7-12 in Kershaw County. KC Robotics Team next participates in the FIRST First Tech Challenge competition at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg on March 23. The event is free and open to the public.
Major financial supporters of the robotics team are Lugoff-Elgin High School, Time Warner Cable, BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina, Lugoff Optimists and Laboratory Robotics Interest Group. KC Robotics Team is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.
More information about the KC Robotics Team can be found at www.kcroboticsteam.org. More information about FIRST can be found at www.usfirst.org. Over 2,500 teams participate in the First Robotics Competition program. Over $16 million in scholarships are available for FIRST team members.