BUCKSPORT – The Bucksport High School Robotics Team 6329 received an exciting donation Wednesday morning, a $500 check presented by the Bucksport Area Chamber of Commerce.
It was donated by PTC Communications after winning the 11th Annual Ghostport event in Bucksport.
“It’s really expensive to run a robotics team and it’s kind of hard to focus on raising money when you’re trying to build a robot in such a short amount of time,” said John Boynton, the teams lead mentor.
Boynton said their season budget is about $40,000. That amount includes the cost of robots, travel, and entry fees.
“It’s going to go into our seasons fund and we’re going to figure out, when they announce what the competition is this year, what we’re going to buy in terms of robot parts or if we’re going to put that towards travel,” said Jack Foster, the programmer for the team.
The team competes in two regular-season competitions with hopes of advancing to districts and worlds.
“It means a lot to me,” said Matthew Sargent, the team driver. “Robotics is expensive considering the parts, the travel time, we have to feed them and have bedding, of course.”
The Bucksport robotics team has more than 20 members and has consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of teams since it started four years ago.
“Checks like this go a long way so we can go to New England championships and world championships,” Boynton said.
One student said the robotics season officially starts in January and they’re already looking forward to start building.