|Grade Level:||High School|
|World Skills Rank:||15|
Our team is made up of 4 participants and 3 team members are returning from last year. We are from Gateway Academy in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and we are all Engineering students in the PLTW program. Jadyn is a senior, he is a builder and notebook keeper. McKay is a junior, he is a builder and programmer. Calvin is a sophomore, he is the driver. Danny is a sophomore, he is the team scout.
We participate in various community service events throughout the past year. Last summer all 8349 teams participated in the hosting/teaching the Gateway Academy Summer Robotics Camp. It was a weeklong camp for elementary students. All our team members participated each day for the week. We also took part in various STEM/Robotic days at numerous Elementary Schools. We would bring different robots and allow students to drive them, and ask questions. We also built 5 special robots and took them to the Western KY State Fair and set up an area for anyone to drive. This was to promote STEM and Gateway Academy to the public. Finally we showcased our Turning Point bots for Toyoda Gosei Family day. We setup special shooting games with our bots for those who attended the event. We have won 9 Tournament Champion Awards and 4 Excellence Awards. We also won our very first Kentucky State Championship with team 8349B. This was our goal from the beginning of the season. It was most satisfying being that two years ago our program was struggling to get off the ground. Our school had only won one tournament in history, and only one team had ever had an invite to our state championship. Our program hosted two events this year, West Kentucky Holiday Invitational in December, and the Gateway To VEX tournament in January. This was our first year hosting two events, but the fourth year we have hosted at least one.
Our main sponsor is Toyoda Gosei (TGASK). You can visit their website at www.toyodagosei.com. The Toyoda Gosei Group is a leading global manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive components and LEDs. With a network of 67 group companies in 18 countries and regions, the Group brings its extensive range of products to customers all over the world. They have been a great sponsor and we would not have been able to accomplish what we did this year without them.