Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Summit Technology Academy BattleBOTS team ranked 12th at national contest

Summit Squared BattleBOTS, a team of students from Summit Technology Academy, recently returned from the National Robotics League competition, known as BattleBOTS, capturing 12th place out of 68 teams.

The national contest was held May 18 and 19 at California University in California, Pa. The double-elimination competition consists of a gladiator-style robot battle with schools from throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico. High school and college teams work for approximately six months to design and build their lightweight robots with the creations competing against each other in three-minute matches. Last year, the local team finished 33 out of 68 teams, and made significant progress this year against teams from universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Kent State and Penn State.

Summit Squared BattleBOTS qualified for the national competition by winning the top award at the 2018 Bots St. Louis Regional Competition, held in April. At this event, the team won first place in battles and the grand champion award for scoring the highest number of points in all categories.

Creative Blow Molding and Unitech LLC, both involved in machining and located in Lee’s Summit, have provided assistance this year.  In addition, Truck Works helped in making the bot even more durable. The team sponsors include Creative Blow Molding, Unitech, Truckworks, Jersey Mike’s, High Tech Solutions, Kastle Grinding and Marco’s Pizza.