Team Warhorse has declared their rookie robotics season a success.
The Oologah High School robotics team returned from nationals last week fired up and ready to compete again next year. Oologah battled for three days inside the Edward Jones Dome inSt. Louis.
“It was amazing. It was an overwhelming experience and it was a blast,” Team Warhorse co-captain Ryan Anderson said.
Over 10,000 students from 37 countries competed at nationals. Oologah played in the Newton Division.
On Thursday, Oologah went 2-1 in their matches. Team Warhorse was ranked 31st out of 100 teams in their division.
Friday didn’t go as well for Oologah. Team Warhorse went 0-3 on the second day of competition.
Oologah was 1-1 on Saturday and finished 71st. A combined total of 22 points decided the matches in Oologah’s five losses.
“The kids thought it was awesome. They weren’t disappointed in the outcome,” Oologah coach Danny Pruett said. “Obviously we would have liked to win more matches but they achieved every goal they set. The robot did what they planned and designed it to do, they achieved Rookie All Star at regionals and they were able to qualify for the world championships. If we did one thing wrong it was not setting our goals high enough.”
The program has inspired some of Pruett’s students to pursue careers in engineering and science. It took a lot of time and a lot of fundraising to launch Oologah’s first robotics team. Pruett and Oologah Director of Instruction Vicki Campbell are looking for support to continue the program.
“For us to continue and to build off this awesome foundation from the first year we need school district support and community support or we won’t be able to do it again next year. We’re at a crossroads,” Campbell said. “Other school districts in the area have seen the value of this program. We have to make a decision as a community whether we want to continue.”