SM East, SM North robotics teams show their prowess at Cowtown Throwdown

The SM East robot - 2335 - doing its thing at Cowtown.
The SM East robot – 2335 – doing its thing at Cowtown.

You might call it the fall classic for robotics teams. SM East and SM North both competed over the weekend at the Cowtown Throwdown, a fall tradition at Lee’s Summit High School that draws high school robotics teams from several nearby states.

SM East managed to get a second-place finish at the competition by virtue of being picked for an alliance (robotics competitions are collaborative-competitive) grouping in the finals by a top team. SM North had actually finished qualifying rounds ranked higher than SM East.

The teams and their robots confront the same challenge at Cowtown that they faced at the spring regional competition. In January, they will get a new robot kit to build and a completely new challenge for the robot to complete. Teams have six weeks to build their robots for the March regionals.

The SM North team and their robot.
The SM North team and their robot.
The SM East team is ready to roll.
The SM East team is ready to roll.