Two teams in the Cumby High School robotics program are now qualified for national and world competition. The world competition will be broadcast on ESPN.
Both teams developed robots that would toss 12-inch by 12-inch bean bags and jacks (as in the toy) of the same size in competition with other robots. According to Lee Gifford, robotics instructor at CHS, one team is experienced and the other is a rookie team.
Gifford said the one team would continue to compete to hold their place in the qualifying standings but the other team, the experienced team, would compete due to their win last year. She said the students have worked hard and well together to build the qualifying robots. One team has used a longer set of arms and the other, a shorter set of arms that are curved.
The teams will continue competition and, according to Gifford, sponsors are needed for the team to attend events, especially the national and world competitions. She stated the school system has given wonderful support and that other small donations have been received. Gifford said any assistance would be appreciated and sponsorships are available. Sponsors’ logos will be placed on the robots during the televised competition.