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Batavia High School robotics team headed to national tournament

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia High School junior Ben Wilt gets a kick out of seeing the robots he has designed do what they are supposed to do.

Wilt is a member of the Batavia High School Robotics Team 2704 Order2Chaos group, which has earned an invitation to compete at the F.I.R.S.T. – or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – Robotics World Championship tournament in St. Louis, Mo., April 24-27. The team earned the invitation after being awarded the 2013 Chicago Regional Engineering Inspirational Award.

“I’m hoping we will do well, especially because there are a lot of seniors on our team,” Wilt said. The team has already won three exceptional awards this year – the Engineering Inspiration Award, the Innovation in Control Award and the Industrial Safety Award.

Wilt has been on the team for three years. He first became interested in the team because it offered training in welding.

“I like designing the robots on a computer and then seeing them do what I designed them to do, like shooting a Frisbee and climbing on a metal pyramid,” he said.

And, as he has learned, making a robot do what it is supposed to do takes work.

“More often than not, things don’t go right the first time,” Wilt said.

Wilt said the experience of being on the team has led him to want to major in mechanical engineering in college. His father, Don Wilt, is a mechanical engineer at Miner Enterprises in Geneva.

His mother, Pat Wilt, said she has seen how much the team has helped her son. She and her husband are coaches on the Order2Chaos team.

“It led him to know that this is his passion,” she said.

More information about the Order2Chaos team is available by going to the group’s website, www.order2chaos.org.

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