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Wando team takes on robotics competition

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Wando Advanced Robotics (WAR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team #4533 finished the robotics season on March 2 at the FIRST Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle Beach. PHOTOS PROVIDED

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The Wando Advanced Robotics (WAR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team #4533 finished the robotics season on March 2 at the FIRST Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition in Myrtle Beach.

Representing Wando High School, the team spent six weeks designing, building and programming a large robot which could block opponents from firing Frisbees into goals and pull itself onto the bottom rung of a three-tier pyramid.

With its defensive strategy, WAR was officially ranked 42nd out of the 65 teams which participated in the regional. Even though they won no awards and were not able to proceed to the championship competition, WAR is not done with the school year just yet.

They intend to continue to upgrade their robot, named “The Chief,” and take it to local FIRST Lego League teams to get elementary and middle school teams excited about Wando robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

And there is a lot to look forward to as the team prepares for the coming school years. Now that the team has had experience in being a team, WAR is certain that they will be better prepared for next year.

Reviewing their work, WAR has volunteered at multiple local schools, lent a hand to Habitat for Humanity, promoted engineering at a Stingrays hockey game, put together a fully-functioning robot and most of all, got roughly 40 high school teenagers to accomplish something big.

WAR will start from scratch next year, with a new robot and new ideas.

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