The Dublin Robotics Team has done more than build and program a robot this year.

The Dublin Robotics Team has done more than build and program a robot this year.

Lesson plans for fourth- and fifth-graders, mentoring and other activities helped earn the team the Chairman's Award at the Queen City Regional and a spot in next week's world championships in St. Louis.

"The Chairman's Award is the opposite side of first place," said senior Lindsey Fox. "It isn't about robots."

The award, she said, is about getting as many students as possible involved in FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

"This is the third time in our history to win this award," coach Troy Dramble said.

Several activities went into the effort, and were done before and after students had six weeks starting in January to complete the robot.

"We went to the rec center and showed our robot to kids," Fox said, noting that this year's challenge was to create a robot that shoots baskets from different distances.

The team also created lesson plans that got Dublin fourth- and fifth-grade students creating roller coasters with marbles and folders.

Dublin High School robotics team members also got involved with FIRST Lego Robotics teams at the elementary and middle school levels through mentoring.

Mentoring also was done with other high school teams new to the game through a Dublin AM Rotary-sponsored program called Central Ohio Robotics Initiative.

"We helped train coaches how to do the robots," Fox said. "On kick-off day we helped eight rookie teams with their kit bot. It's a basic robot. Before they left they had a running robot."

Although the team went to the world championships last year, the chairman's award will give them another shot at the four-day event where the Dublin team will compete against more than 300 other teams in their bracket.

At last year's competition Fox said she briefly met Morgan Freeman.

For sophomore Dheepak Arumukhom, the highlight of the championships was a concert for the students by the Black Eyed Peas.

"It was pretty amazing," he said of the championships. "The concert was the best part. I had not been to any other concert."

This year, however, Arumuk-hom said he's looking forward to the competition. The first two days are set aside for practice and meetings, followed by two days of competitions.

"This year we have a good chance of getting our robot running good," he said.

Dramble, who coaches the team with Greg King, said about 40 students on the 80-member team will get to attend the world championships April 25-28. The team includes high school students from throughout the district.