Students on Chaska High School’s Robotics Team spoke about the successes of their program and explained how the team needs regular financial support due to the cost of materials. For the first time in history, Chaska High School Robotics Team competed at the international level. They qualified for the FIRST Robotics Championship in April of last year after placing in the North Star Regional. Teams came from around the country, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom and Brazil. This year’s challenge, called “Recycle Rush,” involves stacking totes and recycling bins on top of each other. The team began in 2008 as the StormHawks and changed its name to RoboHawks after Chanhassen started its own team.
According to coach Steve Peterson, “although we started with nine members, we’ve been as large as 40 members.” The team believes strongly that its success comes from its collaboration with other local FRC teams. The group is referred to as the “SW Metro Hub” and includes teams from Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Norwood Young America and Waconia. The teams have a practice field set up in the building that formerly housed Southwest Christian and all are welcome to use it.
Chaska Rotarians concluded that it is amazing what these young people can accomplish led by head coach, Steve Peterson and Austin Keith. Some of the principles they follow:
- Promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education
- Learning principles of engineering
- Competitive technical challenges
- Teamwork and collaboration
They can always use individual and corporate help. Contact Steve Peterson or Chaska High School to make a donation.