CKTC FIRST Robotics 2019: Pre-engineering students complete robot and prepare for contest

FIRST Robotics team at CKTC finish robot on time

FIRST Robotics
Ally McDaniel (Cement) and Paris Holmes (Carnegie) practice maneuvering the robot.

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s FIRST Robotic team is one among many around the world who recently completed work on their robot for the upcoming regional competition. Since each group has only about six weeks to build their robot, teamwork and time management is critical for the FIRST Robotics team.

Now in its 12th year, FIRST Robotics Team 2373 is made up of 15 students from around the district. What’s more, these students are not only working against the clock to build their robot, but they are also starting the process as strangers. In fact, students who attend CKTC are bused in from 14 partner schools across the district. Sure, they may have met each other as rivals on some basketball court at one time or another. However, today they are a unit, working together to win.

They show up eager and willing to work!

“I’m always so impressed by what these students can accomplish in such a short turn around time,” said Instructor Marcia Harmon. “They show up eager and willing to work late into the evenings and are so incredibly supportive of each other during the building process.”

Pre-engineering students competing this year at the First Robotics Regional competition are Jake Biddy, (Fort Cobb); Hunter Blythe, (Cement); Vade Buster, (Carnegie); Malisa Dillon, (Carnegie); Trent Dobry, (Cement); Toni Dorrell, (Gracemont); Sydney Gragg, (Hinton); Paris Holmes, (Carnegie); Emily Kalahan, (Carnegie); Ally McDaniel, (Cement); Mason Murray, (Cement); Jeremy Pena, (Carnegie); Ashton Proulx, (Cement); Gabe Watkins, (Binger); and Kendon Williams, (Lookeba).

The Oklahoma FIRST Robotics Regional Competition is March 7-9, 2019, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It’s free for the public to attend.

For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.

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