December 8, 2021

Heard students get creative as part of first ‘Robotics’ team

HCES Robotic Team Members at Super Regionals earlier this year at Columbus State University (L-R): Bradford Hadley, Austin McEntyre, Kaleb Skinner, Hunter Huey, Lincoln Hunter, Kole Baldwin, Blalock Eskew, Antonio Heath, and Makyn Childers (not pictured Logan Parmer)

(Franklin, GA) — A group of young students are getting “creative” this school year as part of the first ever Robotics Team at Heard County Elementary School.

The team represented Heard County for the very first time at a competition late last year at West Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA and earlier this year advanced to the Super Regional at Columbus State University.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) introduces young people ages 9 to 14 to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

While the program involves LEGO robotics, FLL goes far beyond robotics, with teams examining real-life problems and developing innovative solutions.

Through the robot game and project, FLL emphasizes the FLL core values including teamwork, problem-solving, friendly competition, sharing, discovery, and gracious professionalism.

Each year, FIRST LEGO League releases a challenge-based on a real-world scientific topic. Each challenge contains three parts including, the “robot game,” “the project” and “core values.”

Students participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field during “the robot game” and developing a solution to a problem they have identified during “the project,” all while following the core values.

The challenge topic is released in August and teams have about three-months to plan before the big day.

The 10 young men represented HCES very well at both competitions with numerous positive comments on the judges sheets about how well they worked together and how respectful they were. The boys received perfect scores in the category of “Gracious Professionalism, ” a huge honor for a team in its first program.

At the CSU Super Regional, the boys were awarded the “Robot Design” award and the coach of the team, HCES teacher Kelley Atkins was very proud of the performance.

“To say that I am proud is an understatement! It says so much about this group of young people that they keep on finding new areas to succeed,” says Atkins.

“Making it to Super Regionals and then securing the Robot Design award is awesome — I can’t wait to see where they go next! I am just happy to be learning and traveling along this road with them.”

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