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Lowndes High participates in robotics competition

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Technology in the classroom has come a long way in recent years.

Some south Georgia high school students are designing and programming their own robots.

They competed in a national robotics competition at Lowndes High School over the weekend.

Lowndes High technology students demonstrate a robotics game they played on Saturday during the VEX Robotics National Qualifier. The goal is to use the robot to move the balls over the wall to the opponents' side and gain the most points.

"The first 20 seconds of the game is autonomous mode where the robot runs by itself and is programmed on the computer and the last two minutes you actually get to control," said competitor Paul Yi.

Student design, build, and program their own robots. Paul Yi and Bobby Wetherington were two of the second place winners. Teams from South Georgia and North Florida competed at Lowndes High on Saturday

"The excellence award goes to the team that basically the judges decide has the best design and programming," said Felts.

Copeland Felts was one of the excellence award winners. He'll advance to the World championships in Texas in April along with other excellent and first place winners.

Building robots gives kids the opportunity to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into a real life application. Students also learn the value of teamwork.

"It really raises the bar of that level of excitement when they are competing against other schools and other teams," Engineering, Technology, and Education John Newton.

Thousands of teams from 20 countries are participating in VEX tournaments all over the world.

Excellence Awards: Copeland Felts, Taylor Lamb

First place: Wesley Newton, Dipdipan Patel

Second place: Paul Yi, Bobbi Wetherington, Kyle Byun

Second place: Copeland Felts, Taylor Lamb

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