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Fun with robotics

Published 2:57pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

“The students have done a wonderful job of creating their robots,” said Sharon Fisher, Morgan County 4-H assistant. “But we wanted the teams to have a chance to road test the robots, discover any problems, and get them fixed before they compete with other teams from around the state.”

Cotaco student Noah Maxwell said working on the robot has been challenging and fun.

“I like to experiment with things and make the robot do what it’s designed to do,” he explained. “We got a lot of helpful information from U tube videos and Google.”

“It has been frustrating at times and fun at other times,” said Alex Walling, a Falkville student. “One of the things we’ve learned is how to work together as a team.”

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“I’ve found that robotics has been a good learning experience,” added Sierra Goodwin, a Danville student. “I want to go on to college after high school and study engineering.”

The middle school robotics program stems from a 4-H science and engineering program teacher Karen Melson implemented at Danville Middle School five years ago,” Fisher said. “It’s success prompted school officials to offer the program at all middle schools in the Morgan County School System.

While the program is in place at Eva, Lacey’s Spring and Sparkman schools, teams at those schools were not ready to compete on a statewide level,” Fisher stated.

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