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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Robot teams competing in regionals April 3-5

  • Two robotics teams from Rolla Public Schools will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) North Super Regional hampionship, which begins today and runs through Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.
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  • Two robotics teams from Rolla Public Schools will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) North Super Regional Championship, which begins today and runs through Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.
    Team 4964 also known as the Rolla Patriots, and  Team 6168, commonly referred to as he Maniacal Mechanics, made up of students from Rolla High School and Rolla Junior High School will be among 72 teams competing in the regionals for an opportunity to advance to the FTC World Championship in St. Louis  later this month.
    The two Rolla teams advanced to the regionals after earning awards in the state championship held at Missouri University of Science and Technology March 1.
    The Rolla Patriots earned the Connect award at the state competition, allowing their advancement.  The Connect Award is given to a team that shows a definite connection to the engineering community.  The Maniacal Mechanics earned the Think award at the state competition, allowing their advancement. The Think award is given to the team with the best engineering notebook exhibited at the tournament.
    The two Rolla teams were among the 11 from the Missouri state contest to advance to the regionals.
    The 72 teams that advanced to the regionals in Iowa were chosen out of the over 830 registered FTC teams in the north region, which consists of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
    Each team consists of up to 15 students in grades seven through 12. The students work with adult coaches and mentors to do hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning and develop 21st Century skills by designing, programming and building a robot.
    The teams then compete in matches with their robots.
    Team members on the Rolla Patriots include Patrick Allen, Carlos Calderas, Rye Hogan, Aysen Malone, Ben Maples, Jakob Pommerenke, Cody Santogrossi and Troy Thomas. Kristen Copeland is in charge of programming and marketing team members are Drazen Gonzalez, Reanna Matson and Ashanti Owusu-Brafi. Adult mentors for the Rolla Patriots are Phil Allen, Darren Harvey, Lori Calderas, Drue Satterfield, Ryan Matson and Estera Copeland.
    Team members on the Maniacal Mechanics include Fletcher Collins, Kevin Gao, Colton Headrick, Jesse Liu, Soham Parikh and Dawson Satterfield.  Connor LeCroix and Daniel O’Day are in charge of programming. David Tatsch is in charge of marketing. Adult mentors for the Maniacal Mechanics are Chris Headrick, Gary O’Day, Richard Dalton and Linda Liu.
    Trevor Campbell is the student in charge of the website for all of Rolla’s robotics teams. The website can be found at rollarobotics.com.
    Angi Yowell, graphic design teacher at Rolla Technical Institute (RTI), is the marketing mentor for all of Rolla’s teams.
    Leigh Ann Tumbrink, RTI’s Project Lead The Way teacher and RHS math teacher, is the head coach of all of the teams.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information about the FTC North Super Regional, visit ftcnorth.org. For more information about Rolla robotics contact Tumbrink at ltumbrink@rolla.k12.mo.us.
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