Robotics Team Fifth Among 17 In their First Year of Competition

Keegan Gannaway, O. J. McQuay and Steven Martin with their robot at the competition.

Hamburg High School's Robotics Team placed fifth in the fourth annual BEST, Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, Robotics Game Day Competition on October 31.

The event was held on the Arkansas State University campus in the Centennial Hall of ASU's Student Union. The team members that participated in the competition are O.J. McQuay, Drew Allison, Weston Clark, Caitlin O'Neal, Steven Martin, Morgan Jeffers, Shay McPherson, Brandi Sadler, Taylor Young, Madison Cooper, Luke Adams, and Keegan Gannaway.

The team spent several weeks preparing and creating their robot for the competition. Teams from 17 schools in Arkansas also participated in the competition with their personally built robot. The robots had to be built with specific order to enter the event. They could have no dimension larger that 24 inches or weigh more that 24 pounds.

The theme of the event, High Octane, required the robot to be made from a collection of raw materials used in chemical reactions to create fuels. They were also required to move quickly over the designated game area. The teams were judged on the performance of the robot, an engineering book containing their work, a display of marketing the robot to consumers, an oral defense of their robot to judges, and sportsmanship and spirit.

The students that competed felt good about the experience of the event. Jeffers felt the team did excellently. She stated, "It was a great experience that I wouldn't mind doing again, and for our first year we did extremely well." Sponsors for the competition were Richard O'Neal, Paula Gathings, and Lonni Davis.

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