Banning HS Robotics Team Competes in Las Vegas and Meets the Woz!

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2012) - A team of students from Banning High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District recently competed in the regional robotics competition and came back with something better than a win. They conquered obstacles.

They initially struggled with a robot that wouldn’t work properly, and overcame that obstruction in the second competition.

“We had lots of help from the other teams whenever we needed it. We also got and lent supplies. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’s (FIRST) motto of: ‘gracious professionalism and cooperation’ were felt all throughout the event,” said Oscar Cornejo, a member of the robotics team and an 11th grade student at Banning.

“It was very exciting and very challenging,” he added. “We learned a lot from our experience. In the competition we had improved our robot from the previous competition. We had to because our robot did not function like we wanted it. We met with other teams, and talked about our plans, about what we would do once on the playing field. We shared our strengths and weaknesses in an effort to build strong alliances.”

Although the team placed 14 out of 42 in the local competition, there was another highlight: One of the regional judges, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, spent time with the students, and commented on the ingenuity of their robot.