Kennett High School's Demon Robotics headed to World Championships for second year in a row
● By Steven Hoffman
Kennett High School's Demon Robotics team is headed to the FIRST Robotics Competition's world championships for the second year in a row.
At the April 9 Kennett School Board meeting, the robotics team made a brief presentation to the school board. The team placed 16th out of 125 teams in the Mid-Atlantic region to accumulate enough team points to qualify for the world championships, which will take place in Detroit, Michigan from April 25 through April 28.
The Demon Robotics team's successful season also included receiving the Judge's Award at the Westtown competition. In that competition, the team competed through the semifinal round. The team ranked ninth and joined the third place alliance at the Springside Chestnut Hill competition, competing through the semifinals there as well. The team also competed through the quarterfinals at the MAR District Championships at Lehigh.
This is the seventh competition year for the Demon Robotics team. There are 36 students on the team.
“We really are proud of what you do,” school board president Joseph Meola told the team members. He complimented the team on its consistently good work.
The school board granted permission for the robotics team to miss three days of school to take part in the world championships later this month.
The Demon Robotics team is looking for some support to help with the costs for registration, travel, and for supplies at the world championships. Anyone who is willing to help the team represent Kennett by competing against the top teams in the world can send checks payable to “KCSD Activities/Robotics” to Kennett High School, Attn: Dan Folmar, 100 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA, 19348. Checks can also be dropped off at the main office of the high school.
The robotics team members took part in many community events to promote school spirit and to raise awareness about the team. The team members also worked to raise the funding necessary to cover the expenses for the regular competition season. More information about the team is available at www.demonrobotics4342.org. Information about the team can also be found on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.