BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Brewer High School robotics team is on it's way to St. Louis, Missouri for the World Robotics Competition. It's not just their first time there, but also their first year ever competing.
The 14 member group, that goes by the name Orange Chaos 4564, qualified for the world event after making it to the semi finals at a regional competition in Lewiston earlier this month. They didn't win there, but what their frisbee throwing robot did accomplish earned them the Rookie All-Star Award and a spot in St. Louis. The team's mentor, Everett Bennett, couldn't be happier with how well the team has grown since first forming last October.
"Most of them didn't know anything about tools and design so they really worked through and it just came together great," said Bennett.
This is the first year Brewer has ever had a robotics team, and judging by the influence it had on Junior, Whitney Hogan, it won't be the last.
"Because of this program I've decided I want to be a mechanical engineer," said Hogan. "Before this I wanted to be a teacher, so this completely changed my outlook on what I want to do with the rest of my life."
Hogan and her other team mates left for St. Louis Tuesday afternoon, and after around 21 hours of traveling expect to arrive at the Gate Way Arch by Wednesday night. They aren't sure what to expect from the competition, but with 400 other teams from around the world competing they know it wont be easy.
"We don't want to say, oh we're going to win, we just want to do well. Just going is a huge accomplishment we think," said Freshman Alex Reardon.
It cost Orange Chaos around $20,000 to make the trip. They weren't able to raise all of those funds though, and will be holding a Silent Auction at the Brewer High School June 7th to help defray the cost.