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By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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Izack Florez, Kilonna Burdell and Kynton Haseloff qualified for Regionals and took away Best Design honors in the Robotics District Championship at Lubbock High School, Feb.1. At Regionals, the team was 24th out of 34 teams, qualifying for State.

The Muleshoe High School Robotics team is preparing for State competition after performing well at the District and Regional levels.
Kynton Haseloff, grade 12; Kilonna Burdell, grade 9; and Izack Flores, grade 10, competed at District on Feb. 1, qualifying for Regionals, where they were 24th of 34 teams, qualifying for State.
At District, three Muleshoe teams, a total of eight Muleshoe students, were one of 46 teams, a total of more than 200 students, according to Robotics coach Cody Johnson.
“This is the second year the Muleshoe Robotics team has competed,” said Johnson, who started coaching the team during the 2018-2019 school year. “We were Alliance champions at District last year as well.”
The team also took Best Design award at District this year.
“Best Design is an award given by the judges for the most unique solution to the design challenge,” Johnson said.
During competition, students’ robots collected blocks and stacked them to form the tallest tower possible. The robots must also locate and collect specific “skystone” blocks using an autonomous program and sensor inputs.
At the Regionals, the tasks are the same, but the competition is much more intense.
“West Texas Regionals is the best 35 robots from El Paso all the way to the top of the Panhandle,” Johnson said. “Many of these teams have advanced to the world championship in previous years.”
The Robotics program prepares students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors in college, Johnson said, adding, “The robotics program also incorporates networking, interviewing and team dynamics into our coursework and competitions.”
The UIL State Robotics Championship will be Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas.

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