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Students gather for south GA robotics competition

A robot competition was held at the Civic Center (Source: WALB) A robot competition was held at the Civic Center (Source: WALB)
Many students attended (Source: WALB) Many students attended (Source: WALB)
Teams gathered for the top spot (Source: WALB) Teams gathered for the top spot (Source: WALB)
Joshua Moore (Source: WALB) Joshua Moore (Source: WALB)
Sisy Zachariah (Source: WALB) Sisy Zachariah (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Robots took over the Albany Civic Center on Friday. More than 30 teams competed in the Albany Stronghold Robotics competition.

They didn't call the machine "Rati tati robo pati" for nothing.

"We've had to basically develop different modifications throughout the entire six weeks of the build season," said competitor Joshua Moore.

The machine constantly put Joshua Moore and the rest of the Westover High School team to the test.

"Especially here in the wheels. We've had to change the wheels multiple times," said Moore.

But it keeps them busy.

"There's so much to do. We are always busy. It always gives  you something to do and you feel pretty stimulated by it," said Moore.

Westover High School is just one of more than 30 teams from around south Georgia in town to compete in the robotics competition.

"It's pretty great to meet other teams around Georgia. And to really get to know other people that are like minded," said Moore.

The machines were high tech, and took a lot of work to build.

"It's set up on a four-wheel drive, so we have mini motors connected to each wheel," said Moore.

Students got to learn about team work and build friendships.

"I really like to be able to work with the team and become friends and more close knit together," said Moore. 

Their mentor says she's proud of their hard work.

"I'm glad to say that they all worked well within their own parts. They have been divided into different groups, working on different sections like designing electrical connections, the computer, the programming, and fundraising," said mentor Sisy Zachariah.

The event was a qualifier for the state competition. 

The competitions will continue Saturday and the pits will open at 8 a.m.

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