Team 1662 Raptor Force Engineering, of Jim Elliot Christian High School, placed eighth of 100 teams in their division at the World Championships First Robotics competition in St. Louis from April 25 to 28.
Nine students attended the event, including team captains Ryan Neal and Victoria Gill; drive team Phil Barton, Jacob Smith and Lukas Sherman; computer programmer Luke Flag-Brummett; and pit crew Evan Hust, Ashley Borden and Austin Johnson.
The team built and programmed a robot to play basketball and balance on a small see-saw for this year's Rebound Rumble game.
The team is now placed among the top 2 percent of First Robotics teams in the world, out of more than 2,600 teams, after taking first place in the Israel regional and third place in the Central Valley Regional.
First Robotics is an international competition to turn young people on to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, by combining teamwork, competition and fun.