Comeaux High robotics team holds fundraiser - KLFY News 10

Comeaux High robotics team holds fundraiser

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Team 3616 is the first robotics team here in Lafayette and began at Comeaux High School almost four years ago.

The team had a big win this past weekend that now qualifies them to compete in a world competition in just two weeks. "At the Bayou Regionals we won, we were advanced. We are going to advance to St. Louis to compete in the world competition where we'll be representing Louisiana along with fifty-five other countries," said John Sledge, Co-President of team 3616.

Making their way to the competition is a big expense that requires fundraising. "We are raising money to cover the cost of registration which is $5,000 in addition to some transportation and hotel arrangements and also help with costs that we've spent over the build season," said Sledge. The students are given six weeks to build a new robot. Each year,at the beginning of January, a task is given to the team. This year's robot was designed with a lot of movement in mind.

"This year we had to pick up a two foot in diameter ball. We had to pick it up shoot it over a five-foot trust, shoot it into high goal, low goal, and pass it between teammates," said Tyler Smith, Strategy Captain for the team. An interesting fact about the robotic program at Comeaux High School is that it's not limited to just students at the school, but students in other Lafayette area high schools as well. "FRC robotics likes to promote gracious professionalism, so I thought well what better way to show that than to open the program up to the parish," said Lisa Ranny, Team 3616 Teacher Mentor.

A couple of schools involved are Lafayette and Teurlings High. Ranney said the program helps students get hands-on experience in engineering and teaches teamwork. Anyone wishing to make a contribution and help with fundraising efforts can donate at www.gofundme.com/team3616.

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