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

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM.

Daniel Frankfurt from Destin Toastmasters came to the school to give the presentations team some pointers, ranging from “eye contact and how to answer a question without rambling,” according to Nick Trodd, a part of the marketing team.

Jill-of-all-trades Chesser said she enjoyed working on many aspects of the project, helping with the notebook, designing and programming the robot.

The students were also coached in various aspects of the project by science teacher Courtney Krick and language arts teacher Laura Walsh.

“They helped me out, and told me what to expect,” said Krick. This was the science teacher’s first year at the school and participating in the robotics competition.

The students and their robots took first in many aspects at the Pensacola hub competition, earning a chance to compete in Auburn against other middle schools, magnet schools, and high schools from around the Southeast.

At the competition, the students had to balance efficiency with accuracy to try and pick up and move vertically the plastic water bottle “fuel cells” and balls of “cargo.” The students had 30 seconds to attach their robot to a pole and three minutes to move as many items as possible to the space station, which was about 10 feet overhead.

Driver seventh-grade student Hayden Stroop said the pace was “go-go-go,” with last minute changes and trying to get the robot attached to the pole on time.

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