On January 24th, the three Lesterville High School Robotics teams, (team Herbie 7467, team Mystery Machine 9092 and team TRTL squad 9625 ) participated in a F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition held at Rolla High School in Rolla Mo. The three teams competed in the First Technology Challenge (FTC) division. Information on the FIRST organization and the FTC competition can be found by visiting the following website: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc .
The Rolla Qualifier hosted 36 teams with the opportunity for 7 of those teams to advance to the state level competition. After 45 qualifying matches teams 7467 and 9092 finished in 13th and 19th respectively. The TRTL squad (team 9625) won each of their 5 qualifying matches of the day finishing first in the qualifiers andearned the privilege to attend the Missouri FTC state championship. The FTC state championship will be held at Missouri S&T in Rolla Mo. Saturday, March 7.
Team 9625, a rookie team made up primarily of 8th and 9th grade students, is one of 48 teams that qualified for the Missouri state championship. This is especially impressive when you consider the fact that in the robotics competitions there are no school class systems such as 2A , 3A and so on. The Lesterville teams go head to head with all schools regardless of school size.
This is a great accomplishment and we are proud of all of our teams and look forward to the future of Lesterville High School robotics. GOOD LUCK TRTL Squad!!