FREDERICK, OK (TNN) - A Frederick High School robotics class has qualified to compete in the world competition after a top three finish at state.
Bomber Robotics is made up of twelve high school students from freshmen to seniors. Each member has their own classes and after school activities, but it is the robotics class that has brought the students together.
“I wanted to have that team feeling, and I wanted to have more of an insight into STEM careers, and so I thought that robotics would be something very beneficial to that, so I would be able to learn a little bit of programming and computers, and also simultaneously, learn engineering," said Adam Gutierrez, team leader and 3-D graphic design engineer. "At the same time, you get that membership of being a team and working together.”
Girls make up over half of the members of Bomber Robotics, even though girls are often underrepresented in the STEM field.
“At competition, a lot of the teams are strictly guys and you look on there and if there are girls, they don’t really do anything it looks like. But for our team, I feel like we’re very well-rounded with each other and we all have a part and we all need do our part or nothing’s going to get done," said Brianna Weber, notebook editor. "So, I think that we are very valued on our team for being girls with the guys.”
Bomber robotics is now headed to the world competition after placing second at state. Teams are judged on several areas, such as interview skills, sportsmanship, and of course, their robots. However, Frederick’s team also shines in what is called the gracious professionalism category, which is good sportsmanship.
“What also plays a big role and helps us get the inspire award, because we go out and help the teams that are struggling," said Ariyanna Flores, team photographer and notebook editor. "Just because we’re going against them doesn’t mean that you have to be mean.”
“It’s always a friendly competition," said Weber. "To be a gracious professional, you have to learn off of your own mistakes and others peoples’ mistakes so everyone can do better.”
Bomber robotics will be heading to Houston for the world competition this April. They will be competing against about 600 teams from across the globe.