Maple Ridge students race custom-built robots at B.C. competition

February 29, 2024

By Brandon Tucker, The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News

A group of Thomas Haney students have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into bringing a robot to life and are now in Victoria participating in their first-ever robotics competition.

The high school students, known collectively as ThunderTech Robotics, will be up against more than 35 other teams at the FIRST Robotics Competition, with some coming from as far away as Hawaii and China.

ThunderTech Robotics founder Matvey Okoneshnikov explained that building their robot in preparation for the competition has been a gruelling task for the rookie team.

“We’ve been working on our robot during school, after school, at nights, and even weekends for the past two months,” said Okoneshnikov.

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