Robot warriors: SNS's pole-scaling robot earns middle school BEST

Marketing team

The marketing team’s slogan, “May the centrifugal force be with you,” perfectly fit with their “Star Warp” theme. The marketing team includes, front row, Ben Balfanz, Emme Martin, Nick Trodd; back row, Courtney Chesser, Lucy Miree, Sammie Accola, A.J. Cloutier, Ale Brown.

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM.

The Seaside Neighborhood School went to great heights — literally — in the regional robotics competition at Auburn University recently.

“They told us in the teaser that we were going up,” said eighth grader Courtney Chesser. The students were surprised to learn that, for the first time ever, their robot would have to move vertically.

But even if the students were shocked by the challenge, the results didn’t show it. The Seaside Neighborhood School’s pole-scaling robot took a first in Middle School BEST and a first in the video competition.


The robot, given the theme “Star Warp,” was built to represent a space elevator, which would carry “cargo,” “solar panels” and “fuel bottles” to a space midway point.

Former SNS Principal Cathy Brubaker’s husband, Dan, who has had a 30-plus year career as an engineer, was key in helping the students in the planning and construction.

“It’s all the kids … I just stand there and sweat bullets until it’s over,” said Brubaker, who has been assisting in the competitions for six years.

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