SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Members of the Sharon Robotics team recently returned from a competition in where they competed with over 80 teams from around the world.
Last weekend, the team competed in the Razorback Invitational Open in Arkansas.
“It’s always so much fun getting to meet people that are interested in the same things as you from all around the world. And so, we always really enjoy competing in these different kinds of competitions,” said Katelyn Powell, a seventh grader on the team.
They received first place in Core Values, first place with their Alliance Pit Design and 13th overall with their robot performance score.
They start as early as elementary school teaching children the foundations of robotics with Legos in The FIRST Robotics Program.
It’s part of the district’s first robotics program.
“In fourth or fifth grade I saw the robotics team at like, Buhl Park or Waterfire and I saw what they’re doing and I wanted to try it myself,” said ninth grader Warren Hackett.
Teacher and Coach Dave Tomko said he’s proud of his students, and is looking forward to the future of STEM in Sharon Schools.
“Our goal of our teams, we’ll start there, is to just continue what we’re doing right now and to continue to work with the community because they are our biggest supporters out there,” Tomko said.
Tomko was also inducted into their Mentor Hall of Fame.
He said they want to continue promoting STEM to kids in the area. Starting in June, the club is hosting summer robotics camps. Registration is until June 3. More information is available online.