South Pontotoc Roarbotics
competed at the Mississippi BEST Robotics Competition at Mississippi State
University October 2nd -3rd and walked away with Rookie
of the Year award. This award is given
to the highest placing team that is competing for the first time.
The Roarbotics also placed
5th Overall in the BEST Award out of approximately 17 teams. The BEST Award is given to teams that compete
in all aspects of the competition. Our
team competed by making a marketing presentation in front of a panel of judges
that included professors and other professionals. They created and manned a
team exhibit booth in which they were judged on design as well as interviews
with team members. They designed a team t-shirt that was entered into
competition. They were judged on spirit and sportsmanship as well. And for the focus of the competition, they designed
and built a robot to compete in a course which was a simulation of a mine with
various commodities they had to retrieve and bring back to sorting bins. As
part of the robot design, they put together an Engineering Design Notebook
which was critiqued and graded.
Makenna Cowsert, who served
as the team's Project Manager, was extremely pleased with the outcome. "It was an amazing opportunity to be able to
be a part of this project. Just over the
past six weeks I have learned more than I had ever known about robotics and my
personal leadership capabilities."
Sarah Hoing, the team's
Design Manager, was elated with the results of competition. "Over the past six weeks, we have definitely
learned what hard work and dedication meant.
Also, we learned how to work together and developed teamwork skills, not
only among ourselves, but also with our mentors and other teams at
competition. It was so rewarding to see
all of our hard work pay off at competition, and we are so proud to be "Rookie
of the Year."
The team's mentors were
Ritchie Little of Pontotoc, Graham Jacobs of Tupelo, and Chad Bryant of
Belmont, all representatives of Toyota. Daniel
Hoing of Pontotoc also mentored the students in software design and
Toyota not only provided
mentors for each PUL team, they also donated tools and constructed a course
which our team used for practice and troubleshooting.
Coaches are Sharon
Schaefer, Cheryl Malone, and Brant Puckett.
Pictured left to right: Karly Brady, Grant Hall, Sarah Hoing, Makenna Cowsert, Luis Gallegos, and Alex Ridge.
Team members not pictured: Mary Lauren Cook and Hayven Lindsey