VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mitchell Christian High School in Mitchell, South Dakota, won the USD High School Robotics Programming Contest Wednesday at the University of South Dakota.
The teams were sent full robots and were tasked with programming them to complete a maze. The team with the fastest run-time prevailed as the winner.
This year, 27 teams from 19 schools participated in the event sponsored by USD’s computer science department. Winning team members from Mitchell Christian included Luke Knutson, 9th grade, Tanner Jorgensen, 11th, and Andrew Scherrer, 10th. Second place went to 10th graders Ryan Bumann and Ethan Zobel of Odebolt-Archer/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Schools in Ida Grove, Iowa. And Izaak Farrer, 11th grade, and Bradley Shanahan, 10th grade, of Hinton High School in Hinton, Iowa, took third place.