Rednek Robotics claim another world championship

Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 22:00:23-04

The Rednek Robotics team from Sun River are once again world champions.

The team took first place at the Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston over the weekend.

Rednek Robotics consists of kids from Vaughn, Simms, and Fairfield. The team has competed in the world championship four times in the last five years and won the championship three out of the four years.

According to Coach Chuck Merja, the final matches are played in front of over 20,000 people in Minute Maid Stadium where the Houston Astros play.

"Watching all of them interact and solve problems in a pressure cooker gives one a lot of hope for the future," he said.

The season began on September 14, 2017 with the reveal of the new program, "Relic Recovery."

The program was a challenge game-field that required robots to manipulate six-inch cubes and stack them into different patterns.

Rednek Robotics went undefeated at the Montana State tournament. They also competed in state tournaments for Utah and Idaho,

They won the FTC West Super Regional tournament, which qualified them for the World competition.

A second World tournament was played in St. Louis.

The Rednek Robotics team returned home as World Champions once again on Monday night.

The team from Sun River area schools took the top spot in the First Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston last week.

The challenge required students to think like engineers while building robots to compete head-to-head.

The team beat more than 6,000 teams during the 2017-2018 season.

Members with the group say they are the only team to ever win back-to-back years and the only team to have won worlds three times.

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