The Bosons robotics team from Eureka High qualified to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, next month. They won the 2019 Missouri State Rockwell Aerospace Innovate Award at Missouri S&T, to qualify.
Physics teacher Dustin Klenke coaches the team, along with teacher Cooper Rinehart.
"The criteria for this award is about using innovative solutions in the engineering challenges," said Klenke. "Judges are looking for outside-the-box-thinking."
The team used syringes on the bottom of their robot to allow it to be lowered, easily.
"I think the judges liked the fact that it was a real solution to an authentic problem," said Klenke.
"We were hoping to get an award because we had such a unique robot," said senior and Bosons team member, Jared Hallahan. "Our syringes create an air cushion and we got a lot of questions about it – that's a good thing."
Senior team member Nathan Yeager added, "We were all really excited. I got to go my freshmen year, so I'm excited to go back."