Robotics requires many hands to make it successful. Right: Left to right, Instructor Guy McAmis works with students Noah Painter, Jacob Nance and Christian Platt to perfect their ongoing robot project.

By MARY WHALEY

Guest Writer & Photographer

David Crockett High School

Anthony Vaughn and Kailee Amburgey, members of the awards team, work on the prestigious Chairman’s award. The entire robotics team will be competing in the Palmetto Regional Competition, to be held Feb. 24 to March 4.

David Crockett High School’s Rat Rod Robotics Team is getting ready for its first competition of the year. The event, titled Palmetto Regional, will be held Feb. 24 through March 4 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Rat Rod Robotics is broken into various teams, each working on seperate pieces of the puzzle to create the best robot.

The Rat Rod Robotics programming team is currently working on wiring encoders and programming autonomous mode for the robot, which refers to the process that allows the robot to run by itself.

The build team is improving delegation skills, attaching bumpers, and designing parts using CAD (Computer Aided Drafting.)

The awards team is creating the group’s entry for the Chairman’s Award, the highest award a team can receive through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Techology.)

Finally, the Business Team is generating a business plan for the year.

All of these things are preparing the team to win next month.

Mary Whaley is the Crockett Robotics Team’s business lead.