The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


April 9, 2014

Editorial: Team Roboto 447 having fun time looking to future

It’s always pleasant to see activities that bring together kids with different backgrounds and from different communities.

And it’s even better to keep those kids focused and looking toward the future — even if, in this case, it’s a future involving robotics.

Team Roboto 447 is having a fun time with the future. The team is comprised of about 20 students from Alexandria, Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton and some home-schooled students.

They’ll head to St. Louis on April 23 to compete in the world championship robotics event. They qualified by passing through the Queen City FRC regional at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

These games require extreme concentration and working knowledge of robotics. Teams of middle- and high school-students have six weeks to design and build a working robot that runs through a course and tasks. The teams work in alliances and must interact with different skills and strategies.

The competition is often thrilling — or frustrating when a robot breaks down. But in the end, these teens learn how to work together in tense, fluid situations.

Madison County wishes them well in St. Louis and has high hopes for this team to continue for years to come.

In summary A robotics team learns how to work together while representing Madison County.

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