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Carroll High School students win robotics competition

Posted: Updated: Jan 23, 2013 08:02 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Carroll High School students competed in a regional robotics competition last Saturday. The vex robotics sack attack is a simple competition that involves picking up bean bags and placing them into goals. The team that scores the most points wins. There is a twist, though. No humans are allowed in the ring, just robots.

This is the first time Carroll high school competed in the competition and students only had two days of training to learn how to program the robot's movements. It's a process that takes long computer codes to do a simple task like "move left" or "open hand." Eboni Williams was one of the students that programmed the robot named "Leo," and explained the importance of the programming by saying, "for driver control, we tell what buttons we press on the joystick to make the robot move and that's important because if we get the wrong button than the robot won't move."

Beyond programming, students had only a few weeks to design, built, and learn how to operate Leo. Impressively, the students competed as though they knew exactly what they were doing. They beat out several teams and walked away with three trophies and a title of regional champions. They describe their moment of victory as though they won the super bowl.

"It was a 'Ray Lewis' super bowl moment...I would've done a 'Ray Lewis' dance but I have a bad knee." Said teacher Pat Schneider. Eboni Williams said, " Honestly, when I first found out I was too busy screaming cause I was in shock."

Pat Schneider also added, " the big picture is that these students are tech savy and they aren't just using a joystick to move objects on a screen through a video game. They took their knowledge and they made that robot move. Each movement is like a camera taking pictures step by step and they had to think through every step in order to get that robot to do the specific task that it had to do."

Now those students are preparing for the world championship, which is held in California in April. Carroll High School and the robotics team named, "The Believers," are asking for help to make it to the competition. If you would like to make a donation just call Carroll High School at 318-387-8441.

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