Wester Technical College hosts 8th annual Robotics Competition

High school students test robots at annual competition

High School students put their robots to the test this week at the annual robotic competition at Western Technical College.

Every year, Western offers special electronic programs at local high schools through a Career Preparation Program. To make sure students are getting the most out of the programs, Western hosts a robotics competition every year allowing students to put their semester-long hard work to the test.

Each team has a robot, called a boe-bot, which is the size of a five-inch cube. The students then compete in four different competitions.

“The benefit for the high school students is they learn about electronics, they learn about programming, they learn about precision because they have to calibrate the bot,” said Jon Burman an electronics instructor at Western.

Although it’s a competition, Burman said the students learn a lot from each other. One student said he hopes more students take advantage of the electronic classes in the future.

“I think it’s a good thing for kids to get a wider view of what is out there. A lot of kids don’t know about the robotics classes or other shops classes,” said Robert Pfaff, a senior at Holmen High School.

Students and teachers from Arcadia, Black River Falls, Holmen, Logan, Melrose-Mindoro and Sparta School Districts competed in this year’s event.