ANDERSON – Anderson Preparatory Academy's robotics team brought home three awards Saturday, including a second-place finish at the Y-BOT Robotics League Grand Championship competition.
In addition, the team won a technical award and Ivy Tech Community College's "Most Sophisticated Design" award, according to William Decker, an APA social studies teacher and team mentor. The competition was at Ivy Tech's Fort Wayne campus.
The technical award is the league’s overarching award covering robot design and evolution, game play, and technical assistance to other teams. APA also won that award last year.
Despite competing against far larger schools, APA's team lost a tough double-elimination final by a single point in the last second of play, Decker said.
“While we would have loved to bring home first place two years in a row, the team still had a great season," said APA senior Monica Marquez, team captain.
The members of APA's robotics team are Caleb Bowen, Chayse Devine, Monica Marquez, Austin Miller, Hannah Harpst and Miranda Coburn.
APA still hopes to bring a permanent hub for the free robotics league in Madison County. Y-BOT just needs to find high schools willing to join, Decker said.
YBOT has even arranged to give some of the new teams free robot kits. While all high schools in the region have been invited, only one has found a teacher interested in supporting students, said Jean Decker, who also is a team mentor.
“It would be exciting if more schools in the Madison County region would get involved," she said. "I don’t know what is holding them back.”
Y-BOT stands for Youths Building Our Tomorrow. The group's mission is to inspire youth to build a better future through fun, educational and hands-on learning. The organization's games incorporate engineering, technology and mathematics in a practical way, according to the Y-BOT website.