After winning all battles in the third annual BotsKC competition, a team from Lee’s Summit North High School has qualified for nationals and is going to the National Robotics League (also known as BattleBOTS) competition this week in California, Pa.
The team, called Plan A, qualified during the regional contest held at Olathe Northwest High School. Lee’s Summit North also received a $1,000 grant from the National Tooling and Machining Association, a sponsor for BotsKC, to assist team members in traveling to Pennsylvania. The nationals are Thursday through Saturday.
The competition is a gladiator-style robot battle. High school and college teams work for about six months to design and build their lightweight robots, which will compete against each other in three-minute matches.
Teams work closely with area manufacturing companies on their robots. BotsKC is designed to introduce students to high-tech careers through a fast-paced competition.
Also competing at regionals was Cere Vis (Brain Power) from Summit Technology Academy, which is operated by the R-7 school district. That group finished fifth among the 19 teams.