The Raytown High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team appeared before the Board of Education on May 14. The group competed earlier this year with their group constructed robot, which shot basketballs for the gathered crowd.
Sponsor Mike Wadleigh shared that statistically, students who participate in robotics programs graduate with higher grade point averages and are more likely to enter into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers. Wadleigh also believes that the challenge and rigor of construction and competition helps create confidence in students. Teams across the country compete in January after having just six weeks to brainstorm and construct the robot. Construction begins and ends simultaneously for all teams, and then the robots are moved into competition. This year the team placed in the top 1/4 of competing teams.