Students Show-Off Gold Medal Winning Robot

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The Lockport High School robotics team gave a special demonstration of their championship robot at the Buffalo Museum of Science on Thursday.

Nicknamed "Zeus," the robot can scoop up basketballs and shoot them through a hoop with a high level of accuracy.

"It can shoot basketballs better than most NBA players," added high school student and robotics team member Nse Obot.

"Zeus" won two gold medals in 2012 and its sucess has the students dreaming of something larger.

"We want to be world champions," said Jim Rogowski, president of Lockport Robotics, Inc.

Since 2005, the robotics team has been building highly-sophisticated robots for the FIRST Robotics Competitions held worldwide.

Outside interest has grown so much, that this year, students from Nichols School in Buffalo are being mentored by the group of students and advisors from Lockport who call themselves Team Warlocks 1507.

The robots cost around $6,000 each, and sponsorship for the program comes from several companies including General Motors and Delphi.

At the end of February, the Warlocks will be entering a new robot in this years 2013 FIRST competitions held at RIT in Rochester.

Nicknamed "Fred," the robot will shoot frisbees through a target and climb up a pyramid shaped object.

"These kids are living a dream that others are missing out on," added Jim Rogowski.