BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport High School Robotics Team will compete in the World Robotics Championship in Detroit, Mich., April 25-28.
The team qualified last week at the 2018 NE First District Championship held April 11-14 at Boston University.
Nearly 30 team members, many of them engineering class students, have worked since January to build and refine two robots, one for competition and one for practice, said math teacher John Boynton.
Boynton and technology teacher Mike Gross coach the team.
“Kids have to develop a strategy to win each match,” Boynton said.
The club is only two years old.
“We were looking for something to do in advanced engineering,” Gross said.
So, the teachers organized the robotics club.
“It’s kind of taken over,” Boynton remarked. “Now it’s an obsession.”
The competitions cost between $40,000 and $60,000. The team has received sponsorships from many Hancock County businesses.
The team was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The town of Bucksport contributed $10,000 as well.
To fully appreciate the team’s work, here are video clips from previous competitions:
Quarterfinals at WPI: https://youtu.be/IXSHmkPU_do.
Qualifying Match at Pine Tree vs. 133: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/242302289?t=00h03m58s/.
Qualifying Match at Pine Tree vs. 4564: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/241918604?t=01h50m31s.
Finals at Pine Tree: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/242302289?t=05h46m27s.
The governing body of the annual robotics competition is called For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).