On Jan. 31, the BHS Cyber Pirates were at the TSA Southwest Regional Competition at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Michaela Dickerson and Robert Maersch took second place out of 25 teams in the Technology Problem Solving event. Five robot teams also competed in the event. Team A (Alex Bencomo, Maersch, Alex Porter and Jonah Thatch) teamed up with Team C (Dickerson, Chris Kennell, Jacob Vaughan and Alani Waugh) for the finals and were awarded the first place trophy. Team B (Allie Floyd, Josh Pritchett, Rachael Putman and Quentin Torres) teamed up with a team from Joplin in the finals for second place. Team C won an award for their programming skills.
On Feb 8, the Cyber Pirates had a tournament at Yeokum Middle School, Belton. Teams from Kansas City, Arkansas and Nebraska competed in the event. The BHS team’s six robots performed well throughout the qualification matches. During alliance selection, Team A chose Team C and they made it to the final match where they went up against an alliance with one team from Omaha, Neb., and one from Fayetteville, Ark. Even though the out-of-state alliance was seeded higher, the Belton alliance won in two matches with scores of 73-17 and 70-28, to claim another championship trophy. Steve Morgan, Deputy Superintendent Career and Special Services, took on the task of judging the robots for awards.
The team also competed Feb. 15 at the KC Youth Technology Fair and Feb. 22 during the state tournament at Yeokum Middle School.