Burroughs robotics program continues to excel

Fundraising deadline nears for team’s opportunity to compete at nationals

By EMILY ARALAR

News Review Correspondent

A month after qualifying for state and national championships, Burroughs Robotics Team 7422H earned the Judges Award in a Jan. 20 competition at Sultana High School. The team lost in the semifinals by a mere two points in what was seen as the closest match of the tournament.

Now the teammembers are focusing on preparing for and getting to the 2018 California VRC High School State Championship and the Create U.S Open Competition in Iowa.

Burroughs Principal Bryan Auld commended the students on their qualifying honor.

“This is a major accomplishment. It is even more impressive when you consider that our robotics program is a club and not a course, as our team works after hours or on weekends,” said Auld.

“We take great pride in our students who excell outside of the classroom. Having the robotics club perform at a national level will continue to grow our pride and is a further example of our excellence.”

With this opportunity ahead of them, teammembers have been scrambling to raise funds for the event 1,700 miles away in Iowa.

The team has progressed from developing their technical and programming skills to working on their fundraising skills, as their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of February.

With help from the local community, they are moving ahead in that effort.

Earlier this week, Effen Tacos hosted a two-day fundraiser, with a portion of sales going toward the students’ travel costs. Upcoming events include a Feb. 9 Pizza Factory fundraiser and a Feb. 20 car wash on the corner of Ridgecrest and China Lake boulevards.

The team also has set up a “BHS Robotics to Nationals in Iowa” page on GoFundMe.com with a goal of raising $10,000.

“Every penny counts!” STEM teacher Damien Jacotin said. As of Thursday morning, donations had covered more than a third of the hoped-for amount.

“Raising the money is a challenge, but I believe with enough contributions, we can achieve our goal,” said Jacotin. “We thank all Burroughs alumni and engineers of Ridgecrest for their already generous donations.”

Checks may be made out to “Robotics for STEM (Iowa Trip),” an account established specifically for the trip. Checks should not be made out to Burroughs High School.

Robotics Club President Senior Sarah Bartels has high hopes that the community will come together to support Team 7422H.

“Even if you can’t donate, you can still support us by coming to our fundraising events. We’re pressed for time, but I believe the team can come together to make this trip a success. I believe this trip will be a great and unique experience for the team!”

Story First Published: 2018-01-26