Team Titanium on LSW Turf

Peyton Osborne

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Peyton Osborne

After their world ranking run for robotics, Team Titanium is getting an upgrade. 

The West Robotics team currently has a facility at Lee’s Summit High School which is shared with Lee’s Summit North High School. According to robotics sponsor, Aaron Bailey, LSHS “renovated some of their back buildings, way behind the school. Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North as well as Lee’s Summit West [robotics] have separate places to meet and build in and then we have a combined area to practice and drive around in.”

While they have separate spaces at Lee’s Summit, the new facility will be much larger, according to Bailey. “The practice area that we had at Lee’s Summit High School that we shared was separate from the build facility, and now the practice space is going to be inside the build facility. Which will be great because at the old place you had to wheel your robot down the gravel road to get it from one place to the other,” Bailey said.

“Here we’ll be building a practice space right there, which will be good for the kids to visualize what the field looks like as they design the robot,” Bailey said. 

According to Bailey, the new facility will be located on West’s campus. The new facility is being funded by stimulus money from the pandemic as well as expanding West’s math offerings with a geo-construction class. “They decided to have a new space for them and they wanted to care for robotics at the same time. Right now the new facility they’re building is going to be three fourths robotics and one fourth geo-construction,” Bailey said. 

Another plus of the new facility is its proximity to the school, according to junior Caden Murphy. “I am looking forward to the location of it being much closer and the ability for new members that do not have the ability to get a ride to the shop as frequently, to have the ability to just walk over to the building and get a chance to participate.”

The new building will be on West campus near the classroom trailers. Construction will begin in the 2022-2023 school year and the facility will be ready for use for the following school year.

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