Rose State College students lead robotics team to victory


By: Alex Roberts

Assignment Editor

 

Students’ robots compete at the 2014 FIRST Oklahoma regionals held March 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center. Photo By Alex Roberts

Students’ robots compete at the 2014 FIRST Oklahoma Robotics Competition regionals held March 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center. Photo By Alex Roberts

Two RSC students helped their team win the Engineering Inspiration Award at the 2014 Oklahoma regionals of the First for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition March 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center; the team will head to the world competition April 23-26 in St. Louis.

Sophomore Chase Mixon and freshman Matt Turner mentor their robotics team, No. 2341 the Sprockets of Shawnee, Okla. Both students were part of the team for three years during high school before becoming college mentors.

Some of the Sprockets’ main sponsors include Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Boeing and Exxon Mobile.

The annual competition began in 1992 and has grown to more than 5,000 teams worldwide, according to its website. Regional competitions are held in several states and in multiple countries, including Canada and Israel. All regional winners and winners of certain awards at regionals move on to the FIRST Championship.

Although the Sprockets were knocked out in the semifinals, as winners of the Engineering Inspiration Award they have the opportunity to compete at the FIRST Championship.

: Robotics team No. 2341 the Sprockets prepares for the 2014 FIRST regional competition.

: Robotics team No. 2341 the Sprockets prepares for the 2014 FIRST regional competition.

According to usfirst.org, FIRST’s mission is “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Mixon and Turner have the same goal. They take time to mentor high schoolers who want to learn more about science, technology, engineering

, and mathematics, collectively known as STEM.

“I can coach younger people to get involved in STEM careers,” Mixon said.

 

FIRST’S benefits

The contest is a “teamwork experience,” Turner said. “It’s like a sport, exhilarating and fun.”

Mixon said the best part about FIRST is that “it gives you wider experience of engineering and STEM.”

The FIRST Robotics Competition is not just about the robots; each team reaches out to its community. Since their inception, the Sprockets have won several awards related to their community-based projects.

This is the fourth time overall and third time in a row the team has taken home the Engineering Inspiration Award.

The Sprocket’s robot won the Engineering Inspiration Award; the team will next compete at the world competition April 23-26 in St. Louis.

The Sprocket’s robot competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team won the Engineering Inspiration Award, and will next compete at the world competition April 23-26 in St. Louis.

According to usfirst.org, the award “celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.”

The team is optimistic about the St. Louis championships.

“I think we have a few kinks to work out, but I think we’ll do fairly well,” Mixon said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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