Central Illinois High Schools Prepare for World Robotics Championships

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High-school students across central Illinois are making us proud. Their robotics teams are gearing up for the World Championship this weekend in St. Louis. The goal is to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.

Each team starts with the same materials and has six weeks to design and build a robot to compete in tasks like throwing and catching a wiffle ball.

Tremont’s high school won the championship in 2016, and this year Metamora is looking to take the title as its team ‘Mars Wars’ participates for the first time.           

Head coach Brian Stoecker says his team is prepared, “I contribute a lot of our success to our locational area because we’ve got kids that know machining, welding, modeling, a lot of the programming and a lot of essentials to build a successful robot”.

Other schools from the area competing in Worlds, include Washington, defending champions Tremont, and Quest Charter Academy. The tournament will take place from April 27th-29th at the Edward Jones Dome.

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