Local students headed to World Robotics Competition

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 4/02/2014 5:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- While many kids compete in sports like football or soccer, a group of local students will be competing against peers from around the globe in robotics.

The Enterprisers is a team of seven local teens, Scott Dooley, Cole Kenny, Carter Peterson, Logan Peterson, Jamie Poston, Price Poston and Brandon Villar. They're headed to the World Robotics Competition later this month.

"It makes these robots seem not as like far away and distant," said 17-year-old Jamie Poston. "You can actually work with them and they're practical to work with."

The team members are learning about robotics through the FIRST Tech Challenge. At least a few of them want to work in engineering or programming some day. While they enjoy it, it's also a competition and a lot of work.

"On average we put six or so hours a week towards the competitions," said Brandon Villar, a junior at Galena High School. 

That hard work has earned them a trip to the World Robotics Competition in St. Louis.

"The last two years we've won awards, but nothing compared to this, not even close," said team's coach Patti Poston. 

Poston said the kids aren't just learning about robots, they're learning about teamwork.

"The've got to learn they can't do it all," she said. 

Their robot will be up against the best of the best. 

"There's going to be like 128 teams from 14 countries," said Cole Kenny, a junior at Galena High School. 

"All these teams from all over the world, they're going to be really good," Jamie Poston said. 

They'll go head to head during timed challenges.

"They're the most fun and the most challenging," Villar said.

"The most stressful part is the competition when you're working with the robot," Kenny said. 

They'll drop blocks, raise a flag and hang from a bar. 

"All of that is only in 2:30, so it kind of gets scary," Jamie Poston said. 

So they'll spend the next few weeks fine-tuning before the big competition. 

"We want to go in there and win," Kenny said. 

The Enterprisers aren't the only local team headed to the world championships.

M Cubed will also be competing. They're 6th grade students from Minden who have a Lego robotics team. They won the Northern Nevada FIRST Lego League Championship in December to qualify.

Both teams are trying to raise $10 thousand to cover the costs of the trip. If you'd like to learn more about the teams or donate, the links are below.

The Enterprisers Website
M Cubed Website
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