Last year Seaman High School was one of 11 Kansas-area schools that received funding from the 2016 Cox Charities Innovation in Education grant program. The school received a grant in the amount of $5,851 to buy six Vex robot kits and the software needed to program their robots. This helped to jumpstart the program and we did not waste time.
Meeting twice a week after school about a dozen dedicated students spent their time building and programming their robots. We attended our first competition on Dec 10, 2016. First intending to just observe the competition to draw inspiration, we said what the heck and three teams entered. We did not win but we learned a lot and over the course of the rest of the season, we got better and in April we took second place at the state qualifying tournament just missing a chance to represent Kansas at Vex worlds competition. Not a bad first year.
This year we are looking to grow, more teams, more events and the team who took second last year will be returning. The challenge is different this year but our teams are confident they can once again come up with a good solution to the game.