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Parkway South High Robotics Team Competes for World Championship

Mitch and BradThe Parkway South High robotics team emerged as fierce competitors in the FIRST World Robotics Championships, held in St. Louis in late April. Teams from around the world converged on the Edward Jones Dome downtown to compete against one another for the world championship title.

It’s the “Superbowl of Smarts,” said television actor Morgan Freeman in promoting the competition that tests many of America’s best engineering and science students.

As part of the competition, student teams were required to build a robot to compete in games. Under strict time limits, the robot  had to hang a golden tube on a rack, line tubes up and also deploy another mini robot  to find and climb a 10-foot pole within 10 seconds.

South High robotics teamTim Morrison, South High teacher and robotics team coach, describes the robotics competition as “science at its highest peak. There are no right answers at the end of some textbook. You have to go out and display your work.”

For nine years, South High robotics team members have participated in FIRST robotics competitions. But this was South High’s first year at the World Championships. “It won’t be our last,” say team members.

The team held its own throughout the competition. They didn’t win the world championship, but they ranked 32 out of 88 teams in the Archimedes Division, winning 6 out of 10 matches.

Click here to view a video of the event, from the Town and Country-Manchester Patch.

Click here to view more photos or read another account of the story from the Patch website.