A great start for robotics team

EHOVE Career Center’s robotics team, the Mavericks #2252, made an impressive showing at a FIRST Robotics competition in South Carolina the last weekend of February.  They advanced all the way to the quarterfinals, finishing in 9th place of 64 teams with a 6-2 record. Check out a full album of photos from the competition.

Team Mentor Jim McIntyre, who also teaches EHOVE’s Engineering Tech and Industrial Tech programs, said his young team did very well especially considering it was the first event for many of them. “We came together as a team and we’re looking forward to our upcoming regional in Cleveland,” he said.

At the competition, McIntyre was awarded the Woodie Flowers Award, a blue banner award presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills.  The Mavericks team members submitted an essay to nominate him.

“Jim is a well deserving candidate,” said Daniel Langdon who is also a team mentor and EHOVE Industrial Tech instructor.  “As a mentor, this is really an award that is as good as it gets.”

EHOVE’s team is also the House Team of NASA Plum Brook Station.  This formal arrangement will help NASA accomplish its mission to engage, inspire and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational outreach activities, while also providing the team with engineering mentors, tools and parts they may need and the ability to cover the cost of registration at FIRST Robotics events. 

In addition to NASA Plum Brook, many local businesses are also important contributors to the team’s success.  Sponsors that include Sierra Lobo, Bettcher Industries, Riley Contracting, Schlessman Seed and O.E. Meyer also sponsor the team with funding which allows them to purchase necessary materials to build and maintain the robots each year. 

EHOVE’s Mavericks team is mostly comprised of several EHOVE students in the Engineering Tech and Industrial Tech programs but McIntyre said that many other types of students are welcomed to join including:  students from other EHOVE programs, students from other high schools in Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties, and home schooled students. 

For more information about EHOVE’s robotics team or to find out how to join, please contact EHOVE’s high school office at (419) 499-4663 x0.