CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Even though school was closed Tuesday by a snowstorm, members of the Canfield High School robotics team were busy finishing construction of this year’s entry.
This is the students’ second year in competition and they’re hoping to repeat the successes of last year’s team, which made it all the way to the national finals.
“Well last year we got to nationals because we were the best rookies at the competition. This year, we have to actually be the best ones there, not just the best rookies,” said team member Nick Crescimanno.
By rules, the students must finish building their robot and then wrap it in plastic so it can’t be changed after midnight on Tuesday. They started building their entry six weeks ago.
They will be taking it to regional competitions next month in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh to see if they can qualify again for the nationals this spring.
“That’s where there’s upwards of 50 teams that compete in kind of like a basketball arena setting and you see how far you came in the build season. It’s really fulfilling,” Crescimanno said.