Team SCREAM members (from left) Logan Meier, Josh Mefford, Luis Sotello and Nick Wagenknecht fine-tune their robot Friday in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, where the are competing in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.
Team SCREAM (Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics) competed April 24-27 in the FIRST Robotics Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The squad qualified for the international event by being named the Rookie All-Star team in the Kansas City regional event in March. Team SCREAM finished the St. Louis competition with a 3-5 record, competing in the Galileo division.
Michael Wright, Smith-Cotton High School industrial technology and engineering teacher, is the team’s advisor.
“One of the things that impressed me the most about our team is the way that they worked together under tremendous amounts of pressure. During the competition we made some adjustments to our robot that were supposed to improve its performance. These enhancements worked but we also had malfunctions that required constant maintenance. There were several instances where we had to run back to our pits and spend up to an hour working on certain parts to get it ready to compete for the next match. With all of the time that our team has spent together working on the robot, they were able to work as a team with NASCAR pit crew precision and communication to solve some pretty difficult problems, ” he said.
“I remember standing back and watching our guys working on the robot and it made me so proud to see them working together on their own because the robot was theirs and they took a great deal of pride in their machine,” Wright concluded. Photos submitted.