Rookie robotics team competes in World Championship

5199051d547b8_imageCulpeper’s Robo Hamsters (No. 4466) was one of 400 teams to compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) Robotics World Championship competition in St. Louis in April.

According to the team’s spokeswoman Colleen Vesperman, the competition took place inside the Edward Jones Dome.
“It was awesome and a huge place to compete in and all very exciting at the same time.” said team captain Jeremy Vesperman, who is the team’s shooter for the robot named Paige.
To make it to the world championship level, the Robo Hamsters earned their spot via a wild card opportunity during the regional event held in Washington, D.C. in March where the team placed second.

The team competed in eight qualifying rounds during a three-day period and at the end of the competition, the closing ceremony featured lots of uplifting music and an awards presentation.

“All the stresses of the long week quickly dissolved and were replaced with feelings of fun along with great feelings of the pride, the great connective feelings of working as a team, the greatness of all the new lessons learned by being involved in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities and of course the awesome relationships that were forged by meeting other people involved in robotics from all over the country and the world, too,” added Jeremy Vesperman.

Even though, the world championships just ended, the Robo Hamsters are busy planning next year’s season and looking for additional members ages 6 to 18 to join the team.

The first meeting is scheduled Tuesday at Culpeper County Library from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more details call Colleen Vesperman at 540-497-1447.

The Robo Hamsters team will present its robot “Paige” at the Richmond Science Museum, 2500 W. Broad St. in Richmond, on May 25 from noon to 3 p.m. and to explain more details about Culpeper’s community-based robotics team.

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