Robotics advances to World Championships

Nathan Christopher, Senior Writer

After endless days and nights spent at school, the robotics team is taking their hard work to the 2016 FIRST Championship competition in St. Louis April 26 through the 30th.
It all began back in January when the robotics team was tasked with designing a robot in a six week timeframe.
“Through those six weeks, our team members and I have each put in close to 300 hours of time, effort, and dedication into this project,” senior Alex Chapman said. “Liberty robotics has only been to regionals one time, in 2014, and we finished very poorly.”
This year, however, the team is seeking a much more positive outcome with an improved and more capable team.
“We have more experienced mentors and more involved seniors and that’s definitely helped us achieve much more success this year,” senior Keelan Masterson said.
Proving this point, the team finished stronger than ever before, achieving 19th place at the Regionals competition in Portland in the beginning of April.
“We needed to place at least in the top 30 to qualify for Worlds, and by placing 19th we surpassed all our goals and expectations,” Masterson said.
The Worlds competition will be April 26th – 30th. “We’re very excited to prove what we can do at Worlds and show that we deserve to be there,” Masterson said.