Robotics team wins in St. Louis


Members of Team THRUST crowd around their robot and first-place banner after winning the robotics regional in St. Louis, MO, on March 15. Photo provided.

Team THRUST 1501, the Huntington County 4-H robotics team, came home from the regional robotics competition in St. Louis, MO, as champions.

The win earns the team the right to compete in the world championship to be held April 23 to 26 at the Edward Jones Dome, in St. Louis.

The local robotics team competed in the 45-team regional March 13 to 15, finishing first with a final record of 17-1-0. The only loss came in the semifinals.

In the double elimination rounds, Team THRUST formed alliances with teams from Camdenton, MO, and Clayton, MO.

The competition was part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, a national program in which teams of high school aged students and their mentors are challenged to design and build robots to accomplish a specific task. The task changes each year, with the 2014 teams challenged to produce robots that can toss balls into a goal while facing interference from the other team's robots.

Team THRUST also won the competition's Quality Award for producing a quality robot that can withstand the heat of the competition. The Huntington group also recorded the high score of the regional, achieving a score of 305 in the quarterfinal eliminations.

Prior to competing in the world championship, Team THRUST will participate in the Pittsburgh Regional March 27 to 29.