LSHS student’s robotics team advances to States

After a season that ended in April with a semi-final finish on the world stage in St. Louis it was "back to drawing board" for Lampeter-Strasburg High School sophomore Lander Holsinger and his team, Out of the Box Robotics.

Actually, it was a CAD laptop and a 3D printer that Lander used to design three robot drive trains over the summer between seasons. After the annual game reveal in September one of Lander's drive train designs was selected among the team of 14 students and several adult coaches and mentors. 

Lander and his team set about finalizing the design, working with local machine shops to machine, laser cut and powder coat the components. Lander's keen vision and mechanical aptitude also led to a unique intake mechanism to gather, stack, transport and deploy foam blocks called "glyphs".

It all came together on Saturday, December 2 when Lander and two other drive team members drove the robot to a 1st place tournament finish among thirty teams from the surrounding states at Hatboro-Horsham HS. 

 The team also received the Inspire award. The Inspire award is the highest award bestowed on a team by a panel of judges who award teams for categories like community outreach, innovation and software and sensor integration. 

Out of the Box Robotics now returns to the shop to prepare for states and potentially regionals in Scranton. PA. 

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