The Robotics Club has been in existence for five years. There are 163 robotics teams in Iowa, Dixon said.
The club has two teams — The Sock Monkeys and the Ninja Neers.
As students progress through high school, they pass their expertise to younger club members.
“As we get older, we teach the younger ones,” Gross said. “We expect them to be better than us.”
Building robots can get expensive, but the club receives community support from individuals and businesses.
Dixon said JC Penney got the club going by helping it get its first robot kit. Currently, Musco Lighting and Paslode help the students make parts for their robots.
Students design the parts and Musco and Paslode employees manufacture them, Gross said.
It costs $500 to go to the Super Regional, Gross said. The club has to stay for two days and cover all their expenses, he added.
However, the club does a lot of fund-raising activities and receives financial support from the Oskaloosa Indians Booster Club. Some fund-raising activities include manning the concession stand at two Indians home football games, making and selling T-shirts, holding a bake sale during parent-teacher conferences and selling candy bars, Gross said.
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