ANDERSON — The Anderson Preparatory Academy robotics team will join other high school students at Purdue University’s College of Technology on Saturday for a regional robotics competition.
Eleven teams from northeast Indiana will participate in the program at the Flagship Enterprise center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In February, APA’s robotics team was undefeated in the Y-BOT regional competition that was held here. Y-BOT stands for Youths Building Our Tomorrow. “Our mission is to inspire our youth to build a better future through fun, educational, hands-on learning. Our games incorporate engineering, technology and mathematics in a practical manner,” according to the group’s website.
APA competed against far larger schools, and ended the day as top seed. “I expected the team to do well,” team captain Hannah Harpst said. “But beating every team was unbelievable!”
William Decker, a social studies teacher at APA for the past three years, is a founder of the Y-BOT league and has been involved with the group for nine years, he said.
Anderson Preparatory won the league grand championship last year, as well as a Technical Award from Ivy Tech Community College, Decker said.
Decker said his students will continue to participate in Y-BOT programs until April when the grand championship will be held in Fort Wayne. Y-BOT’s competition season runs from January through April.
Decker hopes the success of APA’s program will spark interest among students from other schools in Madison County.
“If enough regional high schools express an interest in the 2014-2015 season, and Madison County could become home to a new free robotics league,” Decker said.
There is also a Team Roboto, a FIRST robotics team comprised of students from around the county.
Y-BOT teams build smaller robots that do essentially the same things as FIRST robots do, according to Decker, but don’t face large entry fees.
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If You go What: Regional Y-BOT competition When: Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Purdue University College of Technology at the Flagship Enterprise Center, 2705 Enterprise Drive, Anderson Eleven teams, including Anderson Preparatory Academy, will participate in robotic events.