The 2016-2017 High School Robotics Team will be participating in the FIRST robotics competitions this year. The theme of this year’s competition was Steampunk, and the name of this season’s game is STEAMWORKS. This is a competition in which each team is required to create a bot capable of gameplay within certain weight and height restrictions.

The team 5234 robot will have multiple capabilities.

“This year we will be implementing a pneumatic gearbox system, which will allow us to have a high and a low gear,” senior Cody Swartz said. “One of our main things is our climbing mechanism, which we are currently working on, so we can climb up the rope at the end of a match.”

Last season’s FIRST Stronghold game varied strongly from STEAMWORKS. Teams had the ability to make alliances based on bot types, which is not an option in STEAMWORKS.

“This game is going to be hard because it has so much more. They’re really trying to put in multiple factors that one robot has to do, instead of one thing that you have to focus on,” Marauderbots Build Team Captain and junior, Dawson Coats said. “So it’s kind of hard to make a robot that can do everything.”

Throughout the summer and the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year the robotics team has been making a massive effort to fundraise. The team raised nearly $6,500 for competition by selling 50/50 raffle tickets. This year’s Marauderbots also have multiple sponsors and are grateful for the support.

“Well this year we have Ford which is a big helper. We have our platinum sponsors, like Applebee’s Propane,” Business Team Captain, junior Kiernan Seagers said. “There’s a lot of parent involvement.”

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