Byron Robotics Team Heading to World Championship

April 20, 2017 06:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Byron robotics team is packing up their gear and heading to Missouri to compete in the first robotics world championships next week. The Byron robotics team, also known as the Cybears, has spent the last six weeks preparing to show off their robot in front of judges at the world championship, but it’s about more than just competing.

18-year-old Byron senior Courtney Hassler has been a part of the team since it started four years ago.


"It's a learning experience for everyone you learn everything from media and how to take photos to writing papers and how to be a leader, to building robots and electrical work, and it's quite an experience," she said.

"I was always interested in science and engineering in general, and so robotics was a chance to kind of explore what engineering is like," said team member Ben Salazar.

In an effort to help fellow students succeed in robotics, students in Byron shared their love for robotics with other schools. Mentoring teams in places such as Blooming Prairie and Kasson-Mantorville, while developing a lasting bond with each other. They team has hopes that eventually they will be able to mentor more.

Andy Pethan started the team four years for his students, and he continues to lead them today. Pethan said this group of students is the most promising he's ever had in the team's four-year history.

"We're very thankful to have a chance to go competing against some of the best teams. I think we have a great chance," Pethan said.

Anyone can help the team before they leave for St. Louis. They have a fundraiser planned for Saturday, April 22 at the Trailhead Grill in Pine Island starting at 4:30 p.m.

The team is holding it outside of Byron so they can share their love of robotics with communities that don't yet have a team.


Lynnette Miller

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