Jenison, Michigan – The Jenison Robotics teams are working hard to prepare for the big competition later this spring.
The final touches on their robots were inflicted by two high school teams and three junior teams consisting of 20 students.
They plan to take them to Dallas, Texas, for the Vex Robotics World Championships in May.
“I’ve never been on stage No, this is my first time and I’m doing robotics as soon as I can,” said Jenison, a 7th grader at Mason Hoyt High School.
The team gave FOX 17 a demonstration of what it takes to score points on Wednesday night. The team explains how to get the robot to pick up certain items and relate them to one end of the site.
The goal of the coaches is more points on the scoreboard. They are trying to raise $ 40,000 to take all 20 to Texas.
“We are trying to raise funds. So, you know, we’re going to make sure all the kids can go, ”Jennison High School principal Jeff Gesner told FOX17.
It is not easy to get into this championship game, not to mention the number of students.
“We had a few close calls when we thought we’d get into the world, and we just couldn’t,” said Janison High School senior Aidan Palmbos.
The team tells me they are among the top 25 in our state who have been invited.
“I’ve been in robotics for nine years and never made it to the top competition,” Palmbas said.
“I want to be in the top 100 of 500 teams. I want to be in the top of the best teams, ”Hoyt said.
The teams raised about $ 15,000. You can help them here.