Culpeper Robotics Team Headed To St. Louis Championship

A referee reacts to a robot tipping at a recent competition held in Washington, DC last month. The Robo Hamsters of Culpeper (No. 4466) are headed to the world championship this month in St. Louis.
A referee reacts to a robot tipping at a recent competition held in Washington, DC last month. The Robo Hamsters of Culpeper (No. 4466) are headed to the world championship this month in St. Louis.

A newly formed Culpeper-based robotics team is headed to St. Louis this month to compete in the world championship robotics event.
Robo Hamsters recently earned a wild card invitation to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology championship April 24-27 thanks to a strong performance at the FIRST Robotics Competition DC Regional event held March 29 and 30.
“This was an awesome dream come true especially since this little team from Culpeper had its abundance of problems just getting established and finding a host school where they could build their robot earlier this year, which finally ended up being at St. Luke’s School,” said Colleen Vesperman, public relations administrator of the Robo Hamsters.
Just like the FIRST Robotics competition teams worldwide, the Robo Hamsters had six weeks to design, build and program a remote controlled robot able to fling Frisbees through goals and climbing jungle gym pyramids for extra points, according to Vesperman.
“We faced enormous challenges raising funds and recruiting team members,” explained Vesperman. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to an experienced FIRST robotics team that helped us [and that] team’s Inspiring Leaders In Technology and Engineering from Battlefield High School in Prince William County.”
Vesperman said the next challenge for the team is raising $2,500 for the St. Louis trip.
“We are so excited and we are hoping that our team’s efforts will help inspire our small proud community to continue to financially support our team’s continued efforts toward success in learning and in doing our best while having so much fun,” Vesperman said.
Sponsored by Angelic Technology, a Culpeper-based web development, web design and computer services firm, will soon be known as Angelic Robotics, a non-profit organization dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math education.
FIRST is an international organization with the mission to transform modern culture while celebrating science and technology and encouraging students interest in STEM education.
Vesperman said FIRST organizes age-appropriate robotics contests for children ages 6 to 18 and the FIRST Robotics Competition, for teenagers, is called “the varsity sport for the mind.”
So far, there are 69 FRC teams in Virginia including Robo Hamsters. For more information about this team or to donate call Colleen Vesperman at 540-497-1447, email her at cvesperman@liberty.edu or visit angelicrobotics.org.

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