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Robot rumble in Chapin showcases future engineers and scientists

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Marquell Waiters is a first time robotics member for W.J Keenan High School's Robo-Raiders Team 1398. Marquell Waiters is a first time robotics member for W.J Keenan High School's Robo-Raiders Team 1398.
This year's game game is "Ultimate Ascent," a basketball meets soccer face off. This year's game game is "Ultimate Ascent," a basketball meets soccer face off.

 

By: Brittaney Chatman

Students from all over the Southeast uses motors and computer chips to do things with robots you never imagined when you were a kid.

That's the scenario for the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops. It drew 20 teams all over the Southeast on last weekend to Spring Hill High School in Chapin for a day of competition.

Event chair Matthew Hedden said the competition is an opportunity to encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by applying the skills to a sporting events.

“You see all kinds of stuff and It's really good to see kids get excited about science, engineering and that stuff,” said Hedden. 

Students faced off in “Ultimate Ascent.” It's a kind of basketball meets soccer face off where teams score points based on their robots remote-control shooting accuracy, robots also have their option to throw to their human members for extra points.

W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia has fielded it's Robo-Raiders Team 1398 for 12 years and it's won several trophies.

Mechanical engineer Anthony Myers is the team's technical mentor.

"It's quite an honor for these kids," he said. “I'm amazed at how much leadership they take, I take a secondary role because they have a let's get it done attitude." 

Marquell Waiters is new to the Robo-Raiders. He said the team helped him explore his true passion.

“I've always loved working with my hands and I've always been attracted to engineering and stuff dealing with building, destroying. Like, ever since I was little I've been taking stuff a part and putting it back together,” said Waiters. 

Hedden said competitions are a lot of fun but the ultimate goal is to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. 

These competitions aren't about winning for these future engineers and scientists, it's about showing off what they can do with robots you never imagined when you were a kid.
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