GHS Robotics Club Places Fifth In Botball Tournament

Greenville High School’s Robotics Club placed fifth out of 36 teams in the 7th Annual Botball Tournament hosted by SIUE Saturday. Club mentor Chris Ziemba told us how the robot-building tournament worked.

“They were given a list of challenges and a board set up in various pieces that they had to locate, they had to move, and each one was assigned a certain value of points,” Ziemba told WGEL. “Each school was given a set of hardware, various pieces, both electronic and mechanical, that were used to build two robots to accomplish the set of challenges.

“They were supposed to do their own programming. They used a C-based programming language to write their own software so these robots were each autonomous — they did their own thing.”

Ziemba said he was proud to see the club’s hard work pay off. He said events like the Botball tournament allow students to further their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.