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Phoenix-area high school robotics team to compete in world championship

Members of the Cobra Commanders robotics team from Cactus High School in Peoria pose with their award-winning robot. The team will now compete in a world championship competition in April. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX — Members of the robotics team at Cactus High School in Peoria are pretty excited — and for good reason. They’ve built a robot that has earned them a spot in the upcoming World Championship competition.

The 15-member Cobra Commanders are proud of their machine, dubbed the “Little Shredder,” lead mentor Adam Shroyer said.

The robot is designed to heave balls into the tower of a competing team, which is what it will be required to do during the world competition in St. Louis in April, Shroyer said.

“This year’s robotics game is a medieval theme,” he said. “We have to break defenses and take out the opposing team’s tower. Shooting balls and capturing their tower is how you win the match.”

Shroyer said the team has already faced a lot of competition.

“We just beat 52 teams in the Northern Arizona regional, and now we’re headed to the championships, where (we will compete) with 800 of the best teams throughout the world,” he said.

The team has set up a GoFundMe account to make the trip. Shroyer said they will need to raise about $12,000 in order to take the whole team.

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