FIRST Robotics Team 2373 Crickets Pre-engineering Photo

CKTC’s Team 2373 – the Crickets – compete at Regionals

Team 2373 robot ranks 13th on offense at Regionals

The Crickets, along with 62 other teams, vied for the 2019 Oklahoma regional championship in early March. Teams from both in-state and out-of-state went head-to-head to see whose hand-built robot was the best. After a technical difficulty between contests, the Crickets made a quick recovery to place 31st overall and 13th on offense.

Now in its 12th year, Team 2373 is made up of 15 students from around the area. Students who enroll in the Pre-engineering program at CKTC are bused in from 14 partner schools across the district.

FIRST Robotics Team 2373 Crickets Pre-engineering Photo
Pre-engineering students who are seated are Kendon Williams (Lookeba); Instructor Marcia Harmon; Ally McDaniel (Cement); Malisa Dillon (Carnegie); and Trent Dobry (Cement). Students who are standing are Jake Biddy (Fort Cobb); Vade Buster (Carnegie); Jeremy Pena (Carnegie); Paris Holmes (Carnegie); Gabe Watkins (Binger); Sydney Gragg (Hinton); Ashton Proulx (Cement); Emily Kalahan (Carnegie); Hunter Blythe (Cement); Mason Murray (Cement); and Toni Dorrell (Gracemont).

Team 2373 students discuss the experience

“The experience has been pretty great,” said Sophomore Jake Biddy (Fort Cobb), a new student to the program. “This is the first time I’m dreading the end of the school year because I will miss going to class.”

Gabe Watkins is a senior at Binger-Oney High School. He also attends Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, where he tells Vype magazine they are preparing him for college. Watkins feels he will have a leg up because of what he is learning at Tech.

“They have done an amazing job of teaching me about it as well as applying what they teach,” said Watkins.

If someone is thinking about going to Tech, Gabe says that they should go for it. “I would tell them to do it,” he said. “You get to meet people you would have never met. And you have experiences that will last a lifetime while learning more about your chosen field.”

Students also have the opportunity to get math, science or computer credit from their high school while attending Pre-engineering.

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is now accepting applications for fall enrollment in PLTW Pre-engineering.

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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Team 2373 Photo Album

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