The Johnson County High School robotics team has a set of skills many students do not.
Their proficiency in engineering, programming and mechanics has landed them a spot at the Vex Robotics World Championship, as well as preparing them for a bright future.
The students are set to showcase their robots that they created and designed from scratch starting Wednesday, April 24 in Louisville, Kentucky.
They will compete against 500 other teams from around the world in effort to show their robot and team-building skills are top notch.
“When you write it on paper it’s just that, it’s an idea. But to bring that to life, to say we did this from scratch, it’s a truly remarkable feeling,” says sophomore Lauren Paterson.
But for these students, even though they love to compete, they look at the bigger picture.
They have aspirations of becoming engineers, mechanics, computer programmers, designers and much more.
For Paterson, designing robots as a past-time is helping her craft her future and teaches her important lessons.
“It shows you even after a thousand mistakes, not to give up. It’s been extremely frustrating because there have been many designs that have failed and we’ve had to redo and redo. But it’s something that will teach patience and the overall understanding of engineering,” says Paterson.
The team says the bond they have is special.
“People can always say, ‘Oh I play basketball, oh I play football,’ there are very few people who can say ‘Oh, I build robots!'” says Paterson.
From county champions, to state champions, the JCHS students are now hopeful for a world title.
“We know that the competition is gonna be really tough. We are definitely excited because all of us are very competitive and we love to see how we do and we like to win,” says junior Dalton Sluder.