Reed City robotics team highlighted at school board meeting | #Education

REMUS — The Reed City school board recently got an education in the sport of competitive robotics from the high school team at its most recent meeting. 

In April, the team competed against five other division champion teams at the World Competition in Houston, Texas, winning two out of three matches in the championship tournament and ultimately finishing as the fourth place alliance in the world.

The group also competed at two district events, where they finished in ninth place and sixth place, doing well enough to qualify for state competition, where they finished in 17th place in their division.

At the May 16 meeting, Brad Smith, head coach of the team, said the program has seen exciting competition since its inception. 

“We had quite an experience in Houston,” Smith said. “This was a first for us for a lot of things. We thought we were doing pretty good our first competition. Mainly, it was these guys’ first in-person competition so none of them had been to a in person competition so that was a big deal.

“With the state competition, we qualified the first time ever just by points,” he added. “We’ve gone before by winning the chairman’s awards that we’ve had banners for. And then this was the first time of an earning it through how we did at competition.” 

The team then brought the robot out to show the board a demo of how the mechanics worked in competition, as well as passing around medals and trophies won by the group. 

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