St. Henry HS Robotics Team Wins Competition
By Katlyn Reece
(Erlanger, Ky.) – A Greendale kid is one of the brains behind a Kentucky state champion robotics team.
St. Henry District High School’s robotics team, CruBotics, took the state title at the FIRST Tech Challenge on February 1, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This year’s CruBotics team includes sophomore Anthony Mapes. The Greendale resident graduated 8th grade at St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg before attending St. Henry in Erlanger, says father Tony Mapes.
The rest of the CruBotics team is made up of seniors Zach Klocke and Ryan Nix; junior Thomas McGrath; sophomores Andy Hicks, and Emily McGrath; and freshmen Jimmy Ramler, Drew Rieger, and Ray Stephens.
The CruBotics competed against 20 other teams at Owensboro Community and Technical College. In addition to winning the state title, the CruBotics won the Think Award and was nominated for the Inspire Award and the Motivate Award.
Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, founded the organization behind the FIRST Tech Challenge. The theme of this year’s competition was “Block Party”. The Crubotics team was required to design, build, and program a robot to meet specific requirements: to be able to fit into an 18-inch by 18-inch box, detect an infrared beacon, grab blocks off of the floor, place blocks in a container on a teeter-totter structure, drive up a ramp, and then suspend itself from a bar 31.25 inches off of the ground.
Out of the more than 3,000 FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the U.S. only 288 will make it to the super-regional level. The St. Henry CruBotics team will now move on to compete in the south super-regional competition in San Antonio, Texas February 26-28.