MHS robotics team awarded at league tournament, advances to next meet


The Marshalltown High School robotics team known as the Botcats is pictured after winning the Connect Award at the league tournament on January 27 in Nevada. Pictured, front row, from left, Luke Wymore and Morgan Johnson. Back row, Marcos Medina, Jose Palmerin-Andrade, Jordan May, Coach Yan Qiu, Marek Jablonski and Coach Mike Lazere.

The Marshalltown High School Robotics team, the Botcats, was one of eight teams to advance to the super qualifier meet after participating in its league tournament in Nevada on January 27 with 15 other central Iowa teams.

The Botcats qualified for the Feb. 3 super qualifier meet by winning the Connect Award from the judges at the league tournament. That award is given to the team that most connects with their local STEM community in promoting robotics.  The super qualifier at Johnston will determine the teams which advance to the state level tournament.

The team is coached by MHS teacher Mike Lazere and Emerson engineer  Yan Qiu.