Robotics teams from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School have qualified for the 26th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship, scheduled for April 26-29 in St. Louis.
Each team earned spots at the prestigious competition by winning qualifying contests during the annual robotics season. This is the fifth time in the past nine years that all three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools have qualified for the World Championship.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 high-school robotics program’s success is unique at both the state and national level with at least one R-7 team qualifying for the World Championship each year since the schools began competing. LSHS has qualified for the World Championship 10 times since 2006. LSNHS has qualified seven times since 2008, and LSWHS has qualified nine times since 2009.
This year’s game, called “Steamworks,” features three major tasks. They include rapid firing pickle balls into an open funnel, catching giant gears and placing them on spring pegs and climbing a free hanging rope. All FIRST teams had six weeks in January and February to analyze these objectives, design solutions, fabricate, wire, program and iterate on their designs.
Lee’s Summit High School’s Team Driven qualified for the World Championship by winning the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Greater Kansas City Regional. The team also won the Entrepreneurship Award at the Bayou Regional in New Orleans.
Lee’s Summit North High School Broncobots were named a regional winner at the Greater Kansas City Regional, qualifying the Broncobots for the World Championship. At this same event, Levi Madden of LSNHS was named a Dean’s List finalist and the Broncobots won the Excellence in Engineering Award. In addition, LSNHS won the Safety Award and the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award at the Iowa Regional at Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Regional Engineering Inspiration Award award includes a $5,000 grant from NASA.
Lee’s Summit West High School Team Titanium earned a wildcard entry into the World Championship by serving as finalist captains at the Midwest Regional, held in Chicago. At this event, LSWHS also won the Quality Award for robot design and fabrication. Team Titanium has one more regional competition this season — April 12-15 in La Crosse, Wis.