Girard robotics team raises money for world championships

The high school team competed at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Midwest Regional, where the qualified for the world championships

The Girard High School robotics team held a pancake breakfast fundraiser.

GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Girard High School’s robotics team held a pancake breakfast at the IFH Club on Sunday to raise money to travel to St. Louis for the 2016 World Championships.

Proceeds will help the team cover competition and travel fees for the trip April 27-30.

This year, the team competed at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Midwest Regional where they won the Engineering Inspiration Award, which qualified them for the world championships.

They also finished second out of 59 teams at the Buckeye Regional.

Team member Caylee Claypoole says the competitions, or games, are about more than just building a robot.

“They try to make the game so that these robots can do something for us in the real world, like the problem with recycling, so that we could use these robots to help us recycle in the future. So it’s practical.”

The team is celebrating its 17th year of designing, building and programming robots to compete in regional competitions.

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