Milken Community High School’s robotics team is headed to Israel to compete in the regional FIRST competition this year, which is set for March 15-17 in Tel Aviv. The theme of the competition this year is soccer. In preparation, Milken’s team participated in a practice scrimmage with other teams in which they could see what last-minute repairs needed to be made before shipping the robot.
“This is basically what I’ve been doing for the last six weeks,” said freshman Matthew Simon. Simon sat fixated at the computer making a model using software called CAD.
The team planned to stay late that evening, and although their robot has now been shipped to Israel, in the next couple of weeks they may make the finishing touches on whatever parts they can bring with them in their luggage. Six of the robotics students, accompanied by Milken teacher Roger Kassebaum and a parent chaperone, will be flying to Israel to represent Milken in the competition.