Teams from Lee’s Summit North High School and Summit Technology Academy participated in the third annual BotsKC competition, held March 24-25 at Olathe Northwest High School. LSNHS qualified for nationals at the event and will compete at the National Robotics League (also known as BattleBOTS) competition, scheduled for May 18-20 in California, Pa.
A team from Lee’s Summit North, called Plan A, qualified for nationals by winning all battles at the March 25 regional contest. LSNHS also received a $1,000 grant from the National Tooling and Machining Association, a sponsor for BotsKC, to assist team members in traveling to Pennsylvania.
The Summit Technology Academy team, called Cere Vis (Brain Power), finished fifth among the 19 teams.
The competition is a gladiator-style robot battle. High school and college teams work for approximately six months to design and build their lightweight robots with the creations competing against each other in three-minute matches.
Teams work closely with area manufacturing companies on their robots. BotsKC, sponsored by the Kansas City Tooling and Machining Association, is designed to introduce students to high-tech careers in a fast-paced competition. There are two Missouri regional competitions held each spring — one in St. Louis and one in Kansas City.
For more information, about BotsKC, visit www.botskc.org.