The Jackson Hole High School robotics team is dominating the competition during spring break.

“This year’s robot is Zoidberg. It is a fast hatchin’, cargo throwin’ bot,” Head Coach and Director Gary Duquette said in a press release. “The robot competed well, but it ultimately was our community outreach and mentorship of other teams that carried the day.”

The team competed in Denver last weekend, winning the Judges Award and qualifying for the semifinals at the Colorado Regional Competition. This weekend, it built on those successes in the quarterfinals in West Valley City.

The team has won more matches than it has lost at this point in the season, with a 7-6 record.

The Jackson team was one of 50 high school teams, including students from as far away as Mexico and China, that competed over the weekend in Utah. In addition to qualifying for the international competition in Texas in two weeks, the team won the Engineering Inspiration Award — which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community — and America Martinez-Carillo, the team’s business leader, was named a Dean’s List Award finalist. The award celebrates students with exemplary passion and effectiveness.

Teton County School District No. 1’s robotics program has grown over the years. There are now 300 students participating. The district has also reached out to the Wind River Reservation to start a program at the Wyoming Indian High School.

Sending the team to Texas will cost around $10,000. Fundraising efforts are underway through the Teton County Education Foundation and Duquette, who can be reached at gduquette@tcsd.org.

So far, students have received funding from Teton County School District, Blair Place Apartments LLC, Four Lazy F Ranch, Square One Robotics, Digital Recognition Networks, Seaton Earthmovers, Epsilon Technology, Jorgensen Engineering and Bison Lumber.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or schools@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kylie Mohr covers the education and health beats. Mohr grew up in Washington and came to Wyoming via Georgetown. She loves seeing the starry night sky again.

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