Posen- The sunshine beams through the windows in Posen’s robotics room as students gear up for one of the biggest competitions on the robotics circuit. The program is in it’s third season and student involvement and love for the sport continues to blossom.
“The first year when build season started, when 7:00pm rolled around, I’d have kids tapping me on the shoulder, saying “can I go home now? My parents are waiting,” or “can I call my dad come get me.” Now, it’s 9:00pm and we have to shove the kids out the door,” said Coach Brian Konieczny.
Team 6077 also goes by the nickname Wiking Kujon to celebrate the Polish community in Posen as well as the student’s love for robotics. This small group of students range from 8th graders to high school seniors. Each student has a strong idea of how each component works.
“Teams from really big school, this kid is going to write our program for the arm. Each member on this team is able to contribute to everything all around,” said Junior Jeremy Styma.
Wiking Kujon finished 38th out 508 teams in the state. They clinched their spot at the world competition after successful competing at two events, winning the Alpena district competition and being a finalist at the Shepard district competition. Now, Posen has all eyes on the FIRST World Robotics Championship at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
Teams from all around the world will compete to be a finalist. The Vikings will be joined by Team 5505 from Alpena down in Detroit. For Coach Brian Konieczny, he’s just happy the kids are involved and get to have this experience.
“You know we made it through the state finals doing pretty well and whatever happens in the World Competition is just icing on the cake.”
The Vikings are still looking for donations to help make the trip a possibility. You can donate to their GoFundMe page here https://www.gofundme.com/wiking-kujon-robotics-team-6077