Bethel’s Robotics team placed second at the state championships this year, which sent them to the national competition in sunny southern California.
The team, known as the Moosekateers, traveled nearly 3,000 miles and enjoyed competing in the National Robotics Championship in San Diego, California. It’s the first time the team has gone to the national tournament, and the competition was steep. The Moosekateers were up against over seventy teams from across the nation.
“They have been to the Alaska state competition for three years in a row now, and their goal is always to get better and get to that next level of competition. And they finally did that this year,” Nicole Smith, coach of the Moosekateers, said. Smith said that the team placed second at state, which got them to nationals. Earning first place at state sends winners to the world championships.
“These kids were very well prepared,” Smith said. “They had their projects down pat, their presentations down pat. Just looking at the different robots that the team had, some of them had really big robots with attachments that they would put on a cover for the whole robot and it would do things from underneath.”
The Mooskateers had their robot set up on a plywood board with a track attached to the top. The robot was programmed to move around on the track in order to face different challenges.
“It has many pieces on it that the robot will go up to and interact with, whether they’re pushing the lever, or having to pick something up because…