By Richard Bammer
Adult leaders of the Vacaville and Vanden high school robotics teams on Wednesday surveyed their temporary universe, the cavernous Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, preparing for today’s first qualifying matches of the high school robotics world championship.
“We’re watching practice matches — our robot’s on the field,” said Phil Jenschke, adviser to the RoboDogs, the name of the Vacaville High School award-winning robotics team.
He said Dome crews had removed the field’s artificial turf to reveal a giant concrete pad, where, through Saturday, eight subdivisions of some 70 teams each, from throughout the United States and several from overseas, will vie for top honors and chances for sizable amounts of scholarship money.
“We’re in the Carson subdivision,” said an enthused Jenschke, who, with 17 students and seven adults, is making his second trip in as many years to St. Louis by virtue of qualifying at recent regional robotics competitions.