Pied­mont Academy’s new ro­bot­ics team heads to com­pe­ti­tion

The Covington News - - Local news -

Pied­mont Academy’s new ro­bot­ics de­vel­op­ment and de­sign team called B.E.S.T. P.A.R.T.S. — which stands for Boost­ing En­gi­neer­ing, Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy, Pied­mont Academy Ro­bot­ics Team Stu­dents — at­tended the Na­tional kick-off day for the 2008 BEST Ro­bot­ics com­pe­ti­tion on Sept. 13 at the South­ern Polytech­nic State Uni­ver­sity in Ma­ri­etta.

There the mem­bers of PARTS wit­nessed the un­veil­ing of the game theme, rules and play­ing field for of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The theme this year is “Just Plane Crazy” and re­quires each ro­bot­ics team to de­sign, de­velop and build a robot which can ne­go­ti­ate a com­pli­cated course where the team must as­sem­ble and de­liver an air­plane.

The air­plane must be as­sem­bled by the robot which is con­trolled by an op­er­a­tor and spot­ter. The team has only three min­utes to ac­com­plish the task, nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles and very strict rules to fol­low.

The team also has only six weeks to de­sign, build and be ready to com­pete in the state level event at South­ern Polytech­nic State Uni­ver­sity on Oct. 25.

This Ro­bot­ics Team is a new pro­gram for Pied­mont Academy and is coached by Ralph Hick­man, the school’s high school math teacher, and as­sisted by a fel­low teacher David Ode­gaard.

The team is open to eighth through 12th grade stu­dents and meets dur­ing and af­ter school.

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