Pike robotics team qualifies for state for second straight year
Pike robotics team qualifies for state for second straight year
Posted on 01/23/2017
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Pike robotics members team members Claire, Caleb and Alex

A Pike Middle School robotics team has qualified for the state competition for a second consecutive year, earning this year’s trip with a machine that folds shirts on its own.

In the Texas Computer Education Association’s Area 11 Robotics Contest, Pike’s “Laundrobot” robotics team – composed of Alex Earnhart, Claire Johnson, Matthew Pope, Caleb Skeem and Charlie Smith – qualified for state in the advanced-level invention. The team came in second place in the area competition thanks to its Laundrobot invention, which can fold a shirt in 3 to 5 seconds with the push of a button.

Despite being middle school students, the Laundrobot team will primarily compete against high school students, as advanced TCEA robotics competitions are open to both middle and high school teams. The Pike robotics program is led by William Freeze. Last year, two of his Pike robotics teams finished 23rd and 35th at the state meet.

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The date and location of the TCEA State Robotics Contest will be announced soon. For more information about the TCEA’s robotics program, click here.