Kansas City Christian robotics team claws its way into top competition

KCC’s robotics team will appear in a major regional competition in Arkansas at the end of the month.


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The Kansas City Christian robotics team put in a stellar performance at a major regional competition in Sedalia, Mo., in October, and have earned the right to compete at the next level. The team of 15 students, from eighth graders to seniors in high school, will be traveling to Fort Smith, Ark., for the Frontier Trails BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition Nov. 29.

“We had a good showing in Sedalia so we’re moving on,” said team captain Scott Bokach, who helped found the team and KCC. “Everyone is really excited.”

The theme for this year’s robotics competitions is “Warp XX,” which Bokach says focuses on space elevator technology. Each team had to build a robot that can scale a tall corrugated steel pole and carry goods to the top.

Each team also has a PR and marketing component, and students are judged on their table displays, interview skills and web page designs.