BANGOR- Technology continues advancing and one team at John Bapst High School prepares students to keep up with it.
“Each year it’s different. This year, they’re stacking cubes in corners and the stacks can go as high as they want or are able to put them. They’re also putting cubes in towers,” explained Michael Murphy, the technology director at John Bapst.
The John Bapst robotics team spends hours getting ready for competitions across the country.
For the past three years, they’ve qualified for worlds in Kentucky.
“They’re a lot of work. I spend two to four hours after school everyday, five days a week here, sometimes on the weekends to get ready for it,” said Hayden O’Connell, a junior on the robotics team. “It’s a lot of planning, building, and refining the process.”
At each competition, they complete a series of tasks.
“The world is moving toward automation,” said senior Aaron Yeung. “Robotics is a pretty useful skill to have right now.”
Many of the students on the robotics team go on to pursue careers in engineering.
This team gets them one step closer to that goal.
“There’s leadership experience. There’s a lot of problem solving. There’s documentation,” Murphy said. “Interpersonal skills get developed, particularly at meets where teams have to coordinate with other teams.”
Their next meet is this weekend at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.