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January 28, 2014

CHS robotic teams headed to state

Corsicana — Three Corsicana High School robotics teams are headed to state competition after successes this past weekend in Temple at the Area Robotics Competition.

There are two areas where students can compete in robotics — Arena, where they have to program their machines to accomplish some tasks, and invention, where they’re coming up with new devices.

Corsicana took first, second and third in the Advanced Arena Division.

The Fighting Fritos, consisting of Alejandro Valencia, Darius Watson, Frida Lucrio and Makayla Gibson placed first. Team E=MC Hammer, consisting of Tyler Denbow, Cody Thomas, and Lathan Gurerra, took second. Team Muffin Men with Justin Chaney, Jesse Dowd, Alejandro Cuellar and Vance Robinson, placed third.

The first and second place teams advance to state.

In the Advanced Invention Division, Corsicana students took second and third place.

Daniel Barrer placed second with Sputnik, and Edward S. Monk and Brandon West placed third with Anime.

This is the third year in a row CHS has advanced in both areas to state.

“I’ve taken two teams to state for the last three years,” said Paulette Roundtree, robotics and automation teacher at CHS. “I’m very proud of them.”

The Arena competition was named Rubble Trouble, and required the students’ devices to address disaster relief by moving rubble, watching out for contamination and moving rescue equipment in two minutes. The inventions were unique to each student.

The students’ successes has to do with their motivation to learn, Roundtree said.

“It’s fun. What other class can you come in and play with Legos?” she asked. “I’ve got one team that’s done it on their own. They already took the class, and can’t take it again, so they’ve spent two afternoons a week since October working on their own.

“If learning’s fun, they learn,” Roundtree added.

State competition will be April 12 in Deer Park, Texas.


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