STEM Academy students from Northeast Academy participated in the FIRST Robotics competition on March 26 - 28 at Cox Convention Center. Because a new team was formed this year, the team was eligible for, and won, a rookie grant that funded their robot and supplies for the competition.
Students named their team "Mechanical Monsters", designed and drew the mascot, and stayed after school for several weeks building and programming a robot for this year's competition.
The team was awarded the Rookie Inspiration Team for their energy and enthusiasm, and a teacher and student from the Metro Tech team were interviewed and published in the Daily Oklahoman.
“They get the opportunity to work through problem-solving skills,” said Jonathan Roberts, a teacher for a team representing Metro Technology Centers STEM Academy. “It’s all the hands-on problem solving you would want to get in the classroom but you can’t always get.”
D’Angelo Todd, 17, attends Northeast Academy in Oklahoma City and competed for the STEM Academy team. He wants to study architectural engineering in college.
“Building a robot is pretty much similar to architecture,” Todd said. “That’s what they do in the field, they draw it out and put the building together.”
Organizers call the competition “sport for the mind.”