By Jackie Nelson
Hesston High School will host a battle of the bots on Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Hesston High commons.
Swather Robotics is hosting their first tournament since the program began last school year.
Robotics teacher Trevor Foreman said the program has seen astounding success and growth. Beginning with only eight students last year, the program has tripled in size to 24 students.
“The purpose is recruiting other schools to get involved with robotics and Vex. It is just the next logical step. We’ve been to tournaments, let’s host one,” he said.
Foreman said Saturday’s event will be a break from the tradition sporting event.
“It’s something I’m sure people have never seen before. It’s hard to pull up a chair and just watch – you’ll have to stand to see the matches. There’s going to be music. There’s going to be kids all over, robots all over. It will be organized chaos and I’ll be in the corner going, ‘This is perfect,’” he said.
Robotics student Riley Armstrong said the tournament will be a totally new experience for spectators and participants.