A Charlotte high school robotics team is bringing its heavy-duty recycling robot to a national competition this month.
YETI Robotics, a community team of about 30 high-school students from public, private, charter and home schools around Charlotte, secured a spot at the FIRST Robotics Championships competition in St. Louis.
The team’s 6-foot-tall robot, Frostbyte, will take on machines from around the world in a competition based on how quickly they can stack recycling bins.
“These robots are very fast and very big,” said Amber Benton, the marketing mentor for the team.
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YETI Robotics is in its fifth year as a team, and meets at Central Piedmont Community College.
The team competed in regional competitions this year in Georgia and in Raleigh, where it secured a coveted Chairman’s Award, Benton said. The award recognized the team’s innovative work using computer-aided design to put the robot together, and its community work. The team is involved in World Refugee Day events.
The national competition begins April 22.