Team Updates

News you can use

We finished our competition season after the Colorado regional.  You can read all about it in our Miami County Republic article.

Also in the news was our sponsorship by Monsanto Fund of $5000.  We thank them for their generous support of our team this year.  We used this money to help pay for our second regional this year, which really helped us to make great improvement to Sir Launch A Lot and to finish in 8th place.  The article is only available in the hard print version.

Kalmar Tour

We thank Kalmar for giving us a tour of their business and assembly plant.  The students learned about the global cargo distribution business.  Kalmar is a world leader in trucks and other equipment.  The Ottawa, Kansas, facility designs and builds terminal tractor for moving trailers around cargo distribution lots.  Their plant director, Alan Wilson, and engineer, Bob Hrenchir, both gave a couple hours of their time for the tour.  We also greatly appreciate Bob for being a mentor on 1108 and Kalmar for being a sponsor.


Leonardo from Vinci, Italy (da Vinci)

Our team visited the exhibit on the great thinker and Renaissance man at the KC Union Station.  His written works, or codices, came alive with many model scale recreations.  The team enjoyed all aspects of his life from the mechanical machines to the great art (Last Supper, Mona Lisa), but especially enjoyed trying to recreate their own flying machines.

Robot scouts

Our shop had visitors from the local scouting troop.  They learned about building robots, saw the robot, and got behind the controls.  These young leaders were shown the fun and possibility of pursuing STEM opportunities.