ZHS Robotics Club Places 34th In World Competition

by Katie Donovan on May 1, 2015 at 6:43 am

The Zanesville High School Robotics Club is back from the world championships and they have good news to share with the community!

The team matched their school’s best record of five and five in the championships. The competition featured 450 teams that are divided into 5 divisions with 90 a piece. ZHS placed 34th out of the 90. Lead builder Christopher Sheline says they are able to apply their team experiences to real life.

"Really the whole thing is, you’re given a problem, and you have to figure out how to fix the problem. It’s a very complex problem, often and you know, all these little things can come up. The robots not quite running right, you know, Barrys not driving very well, you know all these different things. I mean it’s just problem solving and you know, that’s one of the biggest things that’s going to affect everyone in the workforce here soon. You’re given a problem and you can figure out how to fix it."

The high school has a very young team, consisting of three freshman and two sophomores. Sheline says he feels their team has a lot of energy and different ideas. Team Advisor Evan McCollough shared his thoughts on the team’s accomplishments.

"I am incredibly proud of the work that these guys did this year. We definitely went through the entire season being very competitive–very commanding throughout the State of Ohio. We really looked good the entire year. We were very proud of that."

The group started to brainstorm last summer, and began working on the robot at the beginning of the school year. That process was completed right before they left for the world championship which was held in Louisville, Kentucky. Sheline said they hope to bring home a trophy in the coming years to continue building upon their success.