The Lincoln County Middle Schools Robotics Team – #OneLCRobotics Team #0806 – competed in the Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics Competition held at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., on Oct. 13 and has advanced to compete at the regional level in December.
The team brought numerous awards home to Lincoln County, including second place, Robotics Award; third place, BEST Award; second place, Team Exhibit Design and Construction; second place, Founders Award for Creative Design; third place, Most Robust Robot; third place, Marketing Presentation; third place, Most Photogenic Robot; third place, Team Exhibit Interview; third place, Best Mascot; third place, Spirit and Sportsmanship, Participation Lincoln County Middle Schools; third place, Computer-Aided Design; third place, Most Elegant Robot; and third place, Engineering Notebook.
In addition, the 2018 Toyota Teacher Leadership Award went to Lincoln County High School’s Marty LeBlanc.
“To say I am proud of our team is an understatement!” said LeBlanc. “Today showed Lincoln County PROUD at the Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics Competition!
“Special thanks to the most amazing mentors a team could have – Leeann and Ryan Lozier, Eric Reeves, Mike Smith, and Ernest Jennings and the students of the Falcon Engineering and Robotics Team #547! We would also like to say a special thanks to our sponsors – FRANKE, Calhoun Community College Foundation, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Bank of Lincoln County, Wholesale Trailers of Fayetteville, and ATech Sales.”
This year’s game is called Current Events. BEST Inc. is very concerned about the impact of recyclable plastic pollution and climate change on our ocean and our planet. For BEST Inc. this seems to be a problem that could easily lend itself to potential solutions through robotic operations.
They saw a need to evaluate the abilities of robots to work in the ocean environment, within the gyres themselves, to evaluate the pollution, assess effective recovery techniques and streamline the recycling process.
Use of robots in the construction of artificial reefs is another area of interest. The 2018 game, Current Events, addresses these issues and emphasizes the multitude of ways engineers and scientists must work together to tackle global problems. The students had six weeks to design and build a robot that could ride on a four-inch rail approximately four feet off the ground, which simulated the currents and collect recyclable trash from the games ‘Ocean Gyres’.
Not only do the students create a robot to handle the tasks of the game, but they also have to create their own ‘company’ and ‘brand’ and compete to sell a panel of judges their robot. They also complete numerous interviews in their sales booths.
Students on the #OneLCRobotics team are in grades five through nine in the Lincoln County Schools system and are mentored by the Falcon Engineering and Robotics FIRST Team #547 and members of the community.
The team will be competing in the South’s BEST regional competition in Auburn, Ala., on Dec. 1. If you would like to help support the team going to competition, please contact Ms. Marty LeBlanc, robotics coach at Lincoln County High School, at email@example.com for more information.