The Lakota Robotics team made it to the semifinals of the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics competition in Cleveland, this past weekend, April 7-9. The team was given the “Engineering Excellence” and the “Cooperatition” awards.
“I am very proud of the 35 students that we took on the trip and the 15 others who couldn’t make the trip,” said Lakota Robotics mentor Doug Noxsel.
“They put heart and soul in solving this year’s complex engineering challenge.”
The Lakota Robotics team earned the “Cooperatition” (combines cooperating and competition) award by loaning one of their minibots to a competitor, who was having problems with their minibot. According to the news release provided by Lakota, the competitor almost defeated Lakota with the minibot.
“That is the culture and legacy of our team,” Noxsel said. “Three years ago we gave a competitor a replacement motor so they would not be eliminated from play … they beat us in the final match with that motor and we were happy for them.”
A total of 59 teams from Canada, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania participated in the event.