The Jesuit High School robotics team scored first in the collegiate level of the annual Marine Advanced Technology Education competition. Robots at this year's contest, which took place June 20-22 in Seattle, were supposed to "service and place a sensor network" in the water that monitors temperatures, according to Nick Sopwith, a team member.
The team's robot is run by a series of propellers and powered by battery. An ethernet cable allows the students to control the robot's movement. The robot cost roughly $8,000 and took six months for the team to build. Students received money from the school and through corporate sponsorships.
Jesuit High was one of the few high school teams competing at the collegiate level. This isn't the first time the Jesuit robotics team has placed high. Last year, it placed third in the collegiate division, and in 2007 it placed first.
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