The Trinidad State Robotics Team got its start in 2009 when the school was invited to join the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. The program has evolved gradually and each team has improved on the previous year’s design. In the spring the students participate in COSGC’s Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Students then submit a research paper to the consortium and present their research at the COSGC’s Research Symposium. The first paper was accepted in 2011 and since then the team has won the People’s Choice Award 9 times, and our paper/presentation has won 5 session awards. We have also been awarded the coveted Grand Prize!
The best part of my job is interacting with students and watching them grow. When students tackle a challenge, like building a robot, there's a whole lot of learning that just doesn't happen in the classroom. I enjoy watching them learn how to be part of a team or how to lead and then watching them conquer challenges and make improvements. Then, I like to see where they take those skills in their careers and in their lives.