Kristie Ritz, Oscar Ho, Jordan Wiseman
Robotics Team 987 Members
I’ve fallen in love with robotics. It becomes a passion for every one of us.
Oscar: Our team started with a few students and a wooden robot frame in a small classroom. We are now world champions, we travel across the country to compete, we’ve help start a robotics team in a foreign country, we have connected with the business community – we’ve come a long way.
Jordan: I moved across town to be a part of this program. There is no other opportunity like this. It’s the teamwork that sets us apart. I was a more nervous person when I started, but now I truly enjoy working with others.
Kirstie: the drive we have for the team correlates with the drive they have for school. If we can build three robots in six weeks, it changes our perspective of what’s possible in a school context.
Oscar: During build season, we spend every day together, even on weekends. We all have that sense of working together to achieve our main goal of building a robot that’s competitive, while also learning
Kirstie: I love looking at problems, determining why something isn’t working, dissecting and coming up with solutions. Taking the skills of robotics and applying them to real life and school has really helped me grow as a person.
Jordan: It doesn’t matter what your strengths are or where you start, everyone on the team has an opportunity to learn and grow.
Oscar: Not only is this program about robotics – it’s teaching students skills that help them in all other areas of their lives.
Kirstie: This has really changed my point of view in life. I used to want to be a doctor, but I love working hands on and being able to do engineering and mechanical work. I never really picture myself as a machinist, but now it’s my passion.