On Saturday, September 2nd, some members of the Raton Robotics Team traveled to Trinidad State Junior College for the third annual BEST Robotics kick-off. This year, the team has seventeen members ranging from 7th to 12th grade. Each year, a new theme is chosen by the team that received the highest score nationally two years before. The 2017 theme is Crossfire, a game based on fire and rescue. At kick-off, the competing teams were shown the game field and the tasks the robot will need to complete to earn points. Teams also received supply kits that contain the only materials the robot can be built from. Practice Day for the competition will be held at TSJC on October 7th, 2017. Teams are invited to test their robots on the field and receive pointers from other teams. Game Day is the following Saturday, October 14th. The Raton Robotics Team asks for you to come and give your support at our competition. Two teams will qualify to attend the regional competition held in Denver in December.
In previous years TSJC has received Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grants to fund the robotics program but they are no longer receiving these grants. To keep the competition going smoothly, TSJC will need donations from the community. If you are interested in donating time, money, or supplies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.