In your school watch, a group of local high school students are taking robotics to new heights while building their STEM skills. District 20’s Rocky Mountain Robotics team is one of a kind.
The team is made up of over 150 students, that represent most of District 20’s high schools. These students tell us it’s about so much more than just robotics.
Of course, high school students learn hands on elements like manufacturing, and wiring, but the group also focuses on learning life skills.
We spoke to one student, Aliya, she tells us she started in wiring as a freshman and now as the CEO of the team she’s learned the art of making a business plan and working with sponsors.
“I definitely thought it was going to be more just like building a robot,” explained CEO of Rocky Mountain Robotics Aliya Kammerer. “Everybody builds, but there’s things you don’t always see or wouldn’t always expect,”
“We have a media department and we have people who do public outreach,” Kammerer continued, “So there’s a whole other business side I didn’t know about going in.”
They tell News 5 they’ve named the current robot, Cardinal, since some of the mechanisms look like bird beaks and it’s ahead of schedule! The goal is for the robot to pick up plastic disks called hatches.
They’re currently in their build season and should have the first version of the robot completed by tomorrow. The first competition of the year is fast approaching. That’s coming up in March! For more on this impressive group of students visit their website here.