The Central High School robotics team, the Cougar Pride, has earned a spot in the First Tech Challenge state championship in Mountain Home on Dec. 2.

Special to The Helena World

The Central High School robotics team, the Cougar Pride, has earned a spot in the First Tech Challenge state championship in Mountain Home on Dec. 2.

The team consists of 13 members in grades 7-9 who have built and programmed their robot from scratch. The robot must be able to scan and read a secret message with a sensor as well as pick up and place styrofoam blocks in the order given in the secret message – all while racing against their competitors.

The team has been working after school until 5 p.m. every day since late August to prepare for the First Tech Challenge, and were awarded a spot as a rRookie team in the state championship.

They will be the only team from the Delta to compete.

The First Tech Challenge is based upon the idea of gracious professionalism, and encourages teamwork and innovation at all steps of the process.

Besides building a knowledge base for students in programming and robotics design, the First Tech Challenge also awards students college scholarships for their accomplishments.