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Wind River Robotics team captures first place in their first ever competition

Wind River High School's Robotics Team captured first place at their first ever match this month down in Evanston. The class, part of the schools S.T.E.M. curriculum, is taught by Kiley Chatfield. This is the second year for the class. "I was a programmer and driver for the robot," said Kyle Hessling. "We all helped put it together. It's remote controlled and one person controls the flywheel and the other the direction." Ryan Jordan helped assemble the robot and was on the support side, taking care of the battery. "We got ideas for our robot from others we've seen and from the Internet," he said. "But we put our own spin on it. The hardest part was getting it to function properly." "The premise of the competition was to shoot foam balls into a goal. There were two goals, one high and one low," said team member Coy Carroll. "We had to shoot as many into the goals as we could in two minutes. Our highest number was 40 balls in the goal. We scored 80 points to win." The second place team was far, far behind, the team said. Other members of the team are Cory Cress, Delshai Roanhorse, Caleb C'Bearing and Taylor Tidzump. Tidzump said the other members of the class are also building their own robots, in addition to the competition robot. "We helped the team by getting supplies and tools. It's a semester-long effort to get a robot built," he said. "We are now looking to build a better robot than our first one." Chatfield has taught the class since its inception two years ago. "These guys have done a good job working together. We competed against teams from Evanston and Kemmerer. The state robotics competition is Feb. 27th back in Evanston when all 19 schools involved in robotics will attend and compete against each other. #county10 #news *Feature Photo: The Wind River Cougar Team at Evanston (with the WR teeshirts), from left, Ryan Jordan, Kyle Hessling and Cory Cress. (WRHS /