Iron Gears Robotics Team Ready for World Competition
Students with the Iron Gears robotics team is ready for their shot at the world competition in Houston.
They’ve won the state level for three years, but the pandemic crushed their chances of advancing to the world competition. CCX News interviewed the team only weeks after their first state win and just before the pandemic canceled the world competition.
“World’s is a big deal,” explained Weston Herrick. “We’re pretty ready. We’ve been crunching the last few days.”
Students are from different local high schools. Each plans to study engineering or programming in college.
“All of us are pursuing some sort of engineering degree or programming degree like what we are doing on our team,” said Ryan Graham. “In robotics, everyone has a chance to go pro.”
The students meet and have a robotics workshop in the basement of Graham’s home in Maple Grove. They do their own fundraising for competitions and a certain amount of volunteering.
They leave this week for Houston and have high hopes of bringing home an award or two.
“We think we have a very competitive shot at winning awards at the championship,” said Graham.