Bishop Ward High School

Bishop Ward Students Put Robotics FIRST

March 14, 2016 (Kansas City, Kan.): Students on the Bishop Ward High School FIRST (For Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team were one of 59 high schools who competed in a three-day Greater Kansas City Regional Robotics Competition on Thursday, March 10 through Saturday, March 12.

“It was a very real world engineering experience; the robot had to operate in an extremely rough environment.  Students dealt with technical problems requiring fixes to the wiring and troubleshooting after every match,” said volunteer robotics coach Mark Calvert.

This year’s competition had a “medieval” theme and consisted of a game called Take the Castle. Robotics teams had to create robots that were able to work as a team to defeat and cross difficult castle defenses such as moats, rock walls, ramparts, draw bridges and more! After crossing these barriers the robots had to attack the castle by collecting and launching boulders and placing themselves on the sloped “batters” of the castle.

Students spent their first day at the competition making final robot modifications and working to pass the inspections needed to compete. It took the team over 9 hours to get their robot in working order for the actual competition.

Each robotics team was ranked on different skills, Bishop Ward scored best in the autonomous category. During this phase the robot had automatically cross barriers without a student controlling it.

Calvert said, “The competition was very successful for the students and they are very excited for next year.”