Camdenton 4-H FIRST LASER (Laker Afterschool Science Engineering & Math) middle school robotics team had their own super Sunday on February3. The five rookie FIRST Tech Challenge teams took on 18 teams from MO, NE, KS and TN. The LASER teams were the only all middle school teams at this regional event and the team members stepped up to the challenge.
At the end of qualifying matches team 5909 (Reagan Hubbard, Paxton Poole, Kylie Becker, Kenneth Khor, Matthew Gahn) found themselves Alliance Captain as they finished ranked second overall. As Alliance selection began team 5908 ( Alex Long, Kate Boley, Keaton Meyer, Kyle Funke, Alexis Reed, Kevin Warner) were asked to join the team ranked as the third Alliance. The stage was set to see one of the LASER teams to advance beyond the semi-finals and on to the championships match. After the best 2 out of three semi-finals, team 5909 moved on to the Championship round.
Team 5909's Alliance lost in the finals after a hard fought round, but they will advance to state as the UMKC Qualifier Finalist Alliance for the chance to win Regionals to proceed to the World Championship.
Team 5905 (Andy, Rollhseier, Jake Rogers, Drew VanHook, Jonathan Upp ,Conrad Hintz, Anthony Hughes) was also recognized as one of the three finalist for the Engineering Award based on a very strong interview with the judges.
Teams 5906 ( Mackenzie Baker, Brenden Barbour, Zach Murphy, Catherine Sauer, and Emily Zaretsky) and 5907 ( Hannah Frei, Jacob Murphy, Miranda Sauer, John Willerton, Cameron Rogers) also put some points on the board in the game rounds to help advance teams to the finals.
All of the teams learned so much from this experience. The spirit of Gracious Professionalism allowed older and more experienced students from other teams to mentor and provide guidance to the young LASER teams. It truly was a Super Day for the middle school 4H FIRST LASER robotics teams.