By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The award-winning Melvindale High School robotics team, Retro 5ive, Chapter 6914, was honored April 18 by the City Council for its championship inaugural season, which included 2018 Rookie All-Star honors.
The diverse team, whose members represent many cultural backgrounds, has 23 members and six adult mentors, and continues to grow as it seeks to expose students the science, technology, engineering and math to help them prepare for their future.
In addition to the rookie team award, the group was recognized with a safety award and an inspiration award at its recent competition in Grand Rapids, held by First Robotics Competitions.
Coaches Terry Laesser, Chris Florkowski and Nahed Bizzard said the students spend many late nights preparing for the robotics competitions, programming and preparing the robot to perform tasks, at upcoming competitions.
The group also is responsible for its own marketing and fundraising to cover the costs of traveling to out-of-town competitions.
Each team member is trained on each piece of equipment to help ensure safety.
For more information, go to retro5ive.com.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected].)