Three area high school robotics teams participated in the Texas Boosting Science and Technology competition on Nov. 8 at UT Dallas, all placing in the top half of schools competing.

Three area high school robotics teams participated in the Texas Boosting Science and Technology competition on Nov. 8 at UT Dallas, all placing in the top half of schools competing.


The Denison High School, Gunter High School and Sherman High School robotics teams were among 60 teams from across Texas and New Mexico to compete. Teams receive parts to construct a robot and must build it in six weeks. At the competition, the robot is judged on how well it performs a certain task.


In their first time to compete in the Texas BEST competition, the Sherman High School robotics team placed 11th.


"We think we did exceptionally well," said sponsor Paul Turner. Students in the robotics club met for 1 to 1.5 hours every day after school for six weeks while preparing for the competition, Turner said.


This was sophomore Carlos Mares’s first year on the robotics team, and the competition has had a lasting impact on him.


"It was a great experience," Mares said. "I want to do things like this for the rest of my life."


The Denison High School robotics team made 24th place. Sponsor Mike Green said the team was a bit disappointed it did not place as high as it did last year, but that their robot was "spot-on" and never broke.


"Next year we want to go farther with the design of the robot and give it more capabilities," Green said.


Gunter High School came in 17th place.


"The kids are pretty happy," said sponsor Mike Bessonett. The team faced some difficulty while trying to get their robot to perform the required tasks, Bessonett said. However he and all the students are looking forward to next year.