St. Michael Catholic School in Crowley is celebrating their robotics team advancing to a national competition. The group is preparing to compete against hundreds of other teams world wide.
Being part of the team takes dedication.
“We do give up a lot of extra things to work on this ,” Branson Melancon said.
Most of the students’ time is spent in the classroom. During recess and after school, the students use the time perfecting their projects, and now, their hard work is paying off.
“Now, this year, we’re moving on to nationals,” Cameron Fusilier said.
For the first time ever, the group will bring their skills all the way to California to compete in the FIRST Lego Leauge Robotics Competiton at Legoland in May.
“The kids have done so much work,” teacher Tim Miguez said. “They started in August and practice up to three times a week,”
The group placed 5th in the state competition in New Orleans.
“That allowed them to score high enough to move on to the the competition in California,”Miguez said.
At the national competition, the group will be given a real-world engineering problem.
They then have to design, build and code the solution. Their time and talent are about more than just robots. Their experience will go beyond the classroom.
“It really benefits us,” Fuselier said. ” It works on teamwork and leadership and working together.”