Robotics Club Forms for its Inaugural Year at Career Center

The Pickens County College and Career Center’s Robotics Club posed with their entry to Bevill State Community College’s BEST Robotics competition. (Photo was taken on Halloween day.) Front Row, from left: Collin Vang, GHS; Tori Pulliam, PCHS; Briana Harris, PCHS; Trishyla Means, PCHS; Jessica Phipps, GHS; Talaija Smith, AHS; Castella Sherrod, AHS; and Glenn Draper, PCHS. Back row, from left: Judson Stanfill, PA; Benjamin Stephens, GHS; and Wesley Junkins, GHS.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Robotics Club at Pickens County College and Career Center (PCCCC) in Carrollton marked its first year with participation in Bevill State Community College’s BEST (Boosting Engineer- ing Science & Technolog y) Robotics event October 26-27.

BEST Robotics is a program designed to stimulate Middle and High School students’ interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Teams of students are given a kit of materials with which they build a robot to perform well-de ned tasks. Teams document their design process and give a marketing presentation about their robots. Kits are provided at no cost to the school.

This year’s topic was Saving the Sea Turtles and Clean our Oceans. As a first-time group, the stu- dents only had six-weeks to get everything together. Although time did not allow for the completion of the robot, a prototype was designed. The robot itself, however, allotted for only about 15 of the 100 points of the judging. Most of the points came from the exhibit, the engineering notebook, and the marketing of the design.


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