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Homeschool robotics team always on top
October 29, 2011
Lee's Summit members of the Metro homeschool Robotics Team proudly show off trophies after winning their first Best Robotics competition of the year and qualifying for regional competition. Back row, left to right: Cameron Chartier, Caitlyn Hetzel, Jonathan Huff and Noah Huff. front row: Chandler Hetzel and Carol Lynn Chartier. not pictured: Hunter Hughes, Joseph Keller and Sal Rios.
By Mary Pechar
Following back to back national BEST Award winning performances, Metro Homeschool Robotics (MHR) kicked off the 2011 BEST Competition season Oct. 21 to 22 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo. Thirteen teams across Illinois and Missouri competed with the top four going to the Frontier Trails Regional BEST Championship in Fort Smith, Ark. in December.
BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology.
MHR finished first in multiple areas of competition including the BEST Award, robot, spirit and sportsmanship, project engineering notebook, website, most robust (robot durability) and team exhibit categories. The BEST Award is an overall award, encompassing not only the team’s performance in the robot competition, but also a project engineering notebook, a marketing presentation, team exhibit, team interviews and spirit and sportsmanship exhibited during the competition.
MHR, Manteno, Neosho and Lebanon high school teams will be advancing to the regional competition in Fort Smith from Dec. 8 to 10.
“I am just so happy about the success we have had and can’t wait for regionals,” said Caitlyn Hetzel of Lee’s Summit. “I think that part of our win was definitely because we are all such good friends and we have fun during the build season as well as at competition.”
“I have really enjoyed working with the other team members,” said Michael Ward of Independence. “They are all hard-working, and when they put their minds to it they can complete any task. Go Team!”
MHR started in 2008 with 12 students. The team is now comprised of 37 middle and high school students from throughout the Kansas City Metro Area. They meet in Blue Springs four times a week during the build seasons. For more information about their team, check out the students’ website at www.metrohomeschoolrobotics.org
To find out more about BEST Robotics, visit their website: www.bestinc.org
Mary Pechar can be reached at 816.582.5890