Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Cane Bay High School robotics team took first place in the South Carolina Robotics Invitation and Workshops on Oct.12, earning the Golden Bolt.
The competition dates back to the first weekend in January when teams from across the state traveled to Chapin to hear this year’s challenge: shooting discs into goals, climb rungs and hang and dump Frisbees down the top of a ladder. Teams were given six weeks to prepare for the Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle Beach. Out of the 65 teams in the field, CBHS earned the No.2 seed.
An issue with loading the discs correctly meant the team needed to come in during the summer and fall to modify the robot.
“It acts like a skeet shooter and the discs wouldn’t always load right,” said CBHS teacher and robotics sponsor Leah Simmons. “We had to redimension and redesign the loader to go in straight.”
After qualifying and quarterfinal matches, it was down to 21 teams at the SCRIW competition at Irmo High School. The top seven seeds got to pick two teams each to form a team, ordered in a snake format. Cane Bay was the No.2 seed and picked Team 3489 Category 5-Ashley Ridge High School and Team 281 Entech Greenvillians.
The final six teams competed, including shoot a disc 40-50 feet into a goal, and Cane Bay’s team came home with the gold. Simmons said that the team was very excited to get the victory.
“The kids really get into it,” she said. “It allows them to showcase skills in all types of areas. They also learn to play the game by the rules and play it fairly.”
Students were also helped by visiting engineers from: Boeing, Bosch, Alcoa, Santee-Cooper, Publix and ESI. CBHS principal Lee Westberry was in attendance and encourages everyone who hasn’t been to a robotics competition to attend one.
“If you’ve never been to (a robotics competition) it’s something you have to see,” said Westberry. “It’s very, very cool.”