By Mikayla Brown
The Middle College robotics club is undergoing many changes this year, including having a new sponsor as well as a new challenge from the First Tech Challenge, said club members.
“The robotics club goes to the first competition and the students have an opportunity to practice building and programming their robot,” William Meyers, robotics club sponsor and Middle College’s new math teacher, said.
Meyers said he sponsored because he wanted to get involved in the Middle College program and because students were wanting robotics club to continue.
“We are all learning and building and experimenting with new things and trying to see what works and what doesn’t,” Meyers said.
Students who are interested can come by ICE Room 100G on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., Meyers said.
Amelia Horras, previous robotics club sponsor and former Middle College math teacher, said she is glad the club is continuing on without her.
“I wanted to provide an extracurricular activity for Middle College since we didn’t have any,” Horras said. “I believe that the skill sets used in robotics club are beneficial for students to acquire.
“I loved sponsoring Robot Club. Middle College has the best students ever and working with them through the competition was really rewarding. I was so impressed with the time and brainpower put into making the team successful. It was an awesome experience for sure.”
Last year was Middle College’s best year, Horras said. The club placed first in one of the qualifying events against more than 16 teams.
Horras said she chose The First Tech Challenge (FTC) because of the skill level and budget.
“Mr. Meyers, he’s a great guy. He does a lot for us,” Ethan Szalla, a member of Middle College robotics club, said.
Szalla said his favorite part of robotics club would have to be all of the great people in robotics club.
“Currently we are looking forward to the FTC Competition which is the First Tech Challenge,” Szalla said. “It is a challenge where different teams build a robot, and they enter in their robot to compete in a set course. The robot has to complete different tasks, and the best robot wins.”