Last year a group of Capitol Hill High School students and their robot “Pyro-Maniac” took second place in Dallas at the regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).
This year the students are hoping to participate in two regional competitions one here and one in Kansas City, Mo., but students need help funding the project and trips, according to a media release from Oklahoma City Public Schools.
The group’s ultimate goal is to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Atlanta this year, however, they must qualify at regional events. The competition has teams of 25 students developing a brand for their robot, soliciting funds to develop and build a robot that can perform a specific task.
Last February in Oklahoma City the schools built robots that could throw balls into trailers pulled by the robots of other teams.
Roger Jackson, coach of Robotics at Captiol Hill, said in a media release that the program is “as close to ‘real-world engineering’ as a student can get.”
“We want to spark our student’s interest in engineering,” he said.
People interested in donating to the program can call Rodney Emerson or Mathew Johnson at 616-1210.