High school robotics team reveals finished product

A robotics team made up of local high school students will debut the team’s new robot at an open house.

GalacTech, a Columbus robotics team, will present its robot reveal at 6:30 p.m. today at the Reeves Building, 675 Reeves Way, Columbus.

The team, made up of students from Columbus North, Columbus East and CSA New Tech high schools, has been working on the robot since it participated in a kickoff event at Bloomington South High School last month.

The open house, which is open to the public, will allow visitors to see how the robot works and to meet members of the team, said Ginger Lirette, a GalacTech mentor.

The team has 32 members, but Lirette said it hopes to grow its membership by reaching out to younger students in an effort to get them interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Lirette’s son, Trevor, a Columbus North sophomore, participates on the team.

“I love watching how they collaborate,” Lirette said of the team working together. “It’s more than, ‘Hey, build a great robot.’ It’s basically teaching them to strategize.”

The open house also will include discussing the team’s vision, an overview of what the robot does and its competition schedule for the season, Lirette said.

If you go

What: Debut of GalacTech robotics team’s robot

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Reeves Building, 675 Reeves Way

More information: team4926.org

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com