SCOUT TO COMPETE AT FIRST ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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2016 Exploring Marks-05

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TULSA, Okla. – David Fournet, Booker T. Washington student and Boy Scout, will be representing the state of Oklahoma at the FIRST Robotics World Championship this April.

In 2015, Kyler Smith founded the first Boy Scouts Exploring Robotics Team in the state of Oklahoma. Smith recruited a group of his peers from his Boy Scout Troop, Troop 26. Team 10355 was formed in the fall of 2015 with seven youth all with the same goal – to compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge. Team 10355 made their mark in the fall of 2015, after competing in state qualifying matches and earning a spot at the Oklahoma Regional Championship. After a season of competing, the group knew they wanted to continue exploring areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Match. In the summer of 2016, STEAM Explorer Post 26 was chartered with the Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America.

STEAM Post 26 went on to compete in the 2016 season at the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition with its two teams, Team 10355 and Team 11572. Team 10355 ran Project Peacock, lead by Kyler Smith. Team 11572 ran Mouse Spit, lead by David Fournet and Thomas Rex. Both teams competed in design review and performance competitions and were selected to move on to the semifinal rounds. After success in the semifinals, Mouse Spit and Project Peacock went head to head in the final rounds in a best of 3 series. Mouse Spit took the victory over Project Peacock after a close competition.

Both David Fournet and Kyler Smith were nominated for the prestigious Dean’s List Award, an award given to individuals who reflect the qualities and spirit of FIRST Robotics. Fournet was selected as one of two students to represent the state of Oklahoma at the FIRST Robotics World Championship this April. The FIRST Robotics World Championship is April 19 – 22, 2017, in Houston.

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Exploring is a program of the Boy Scouts of America that consists of hands-on and interactive character and career activities facilitated by trained business leaders in the local communities. The Indian Nations Council serves over 18,000 youth and 4,000 adult volunteers throughout 18 counties in eastern Oklahoma through the Boy Scouts of America programs.