Robotics photoThe robotics team's hours of designing, building and testing finally paid off this past Saturday at the FIRST Tech Challenge in St. Louis. Thirty-four teams of students, ages 14-18, converged on Florissant Valley Community College to compete against each other. While this was an intense competition, 'gracious professionalism' was stressed.

The Scott City team, Team Gurren, encountered a programming challenge and hardware issues, but were still able to perform successfully. After match play, Team Gurren was ranked 5th out of 34 teams. At the end of match play, the top four teams selected two teammates to form an alliance. Scott City was selected by the 4th ranked team to be one of their teammates. In a best two out of three format, SC helped their teammates win in the semi-finals using their well polished autonomous mode, placing their alliance into the championship. In the championship, SC again helped their teammates, splitting the first two games with the opposing alliance. In the third game and deciding game, the other two teams in the alliance narrowly won. Not only was Team Gurren part of the 1st place alliance, it also qualified to move on to the Missouri Championship Tournament at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri on February 25, 2012.

Robotics helps students to develop problem solving abilities, apply real world engineering solutions, learn how to work in a cooperative effort, and to find how their strengths can contribute to the success of the final product. If you would like to know more about FIRST you can go to The robotics team will compete next at the A. C. Brase Arena in Cape Girardeau on January 28th.

For pictures from the event, check out our Robotics Photo Gallery.