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Wentzville School District Robotics Team Wins Two Regional Competitions and Advances to Worlds

Ratchet Rockers

April 6, 2022

The Wentzville School District Robotics Team, the Ratchet Rockers (Team 1706), won two regional competitions with their robot ‘Blue Widow,’ bringing home two Blue Banners. The Ratchet Rockers are composed of about 35 students from all four high schools. Their robot’s main functions are to pick up cargo (balls) through two intake systems and shoot it into a hub to score points; climb rungs, with more points being scored for reaching a higher rung.

The Ratchet Rockers competed at the Heartland Regional in Kansas City and the St. Louis Regional at Chaifetz Arena. At the Heartland Regional, the Ratchet Rockers competed in twelve matches against 27 teams from Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota. The Ratchet Rockers' alliance with the BroncoBots and Northtown Robotics claimed the victory, Blue Banner, and Excellence in Engineering Award. 

At the St. Louis Regional, the Ratchet Rockers competed in twelve qualifying matches against 37 teams from Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky. Together with Edwardsville Technologies, this alliance was undefeated in playoff matches and went on to win the competition, bringing home another Blue Banner.  The Ratchet Rockers were also awarded the Autonomous Award.

This is the first time in team history that the Ratchet Rockers have won two regional competitions. Each regional win qualified the Ratchet Rockers to compete at the First Robotics World Championship on April 20-23 in Houston, Texas.