County robotics team second at regional contest

The Sheboygan County robotics team, which includes two Plymouth High School students, took second place at the recent U.S. FIRST 2015 Wisconsin Regional Robotics Competition.

RoboRiot is based at Sheboygan Falls High School but is made up of students from all over the county, including PHS students Ben Haefs and Skylar Kapellen.

The team participates each year in the U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition, in which high school students have six weeks to design and build a robot capable of performing specified tasks.

This year’s regional competition was held March 19 to 21 at the Panther Arena in Milwaukee.

RoboRiot advanced to the elimination tournament and competed in the final round, where its finished in second place, the team’s highest finish since its inception in 2010.

Haefs, a junior at PHS, was on the electrical team and worked in the pit area during competition.

Kapellen, a freshman at PHS, was on the fabrication and assembly team and worked with the scouting team during competition.

FIRST Robotics is considered a varsity sport at both Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls.

The team also includes students from Warriner, IDEAS, Howards Grove, Random Lake and home-schooled students.

Mentors are from Kohler, Pemco, Panel Tech, Sheboygan Chevrolet, Curt Joa, Sheboygan Falls High School and Sargento.

The team is sponsored by Kohler, Will-Pemco, Panel Tech, Bemis, Vollrath, Nemak, Curt Joa and Advantage Prototype Systems.

Riverview Middle School also has a FIRST Lego League team, sponsored by RoboRiot and under the direction of technology teacher Ken Odekirk.

For more information, visit the Plymouth School District website at www.plymouth.k12. or the RoboRiot website at

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