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Robotics competition held at Anson New Tech

Imari Scarbrough iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com

May 12, 2014

Anson New Technology High School hosted a small robotics match on Thursday.


High school students taking the dual-enrollment engineering classes through South Piedmont Community College competed in the match as their final project, according to class instructor Dr. Leonidas Maganares.


Each robot had the objective of scoring three goals, or the most in five minutes, into the other team’s net.


During the entire semester, the class studied different metals and their physical and mechanical properties, Maganares said. Team members had to identify the materials used for their robot: composite or synthetic materials, whether it was rubber, steel or copper, etc., and document each part into a report. The students also had to explain why they chose each part and what its function would be.


Five teams competed. Sophomores Keenan Marshall, Brandon Watson, and Jaquone Lewis formed the winning Team 5. Each team member won a $20 gift certificate to Walmart, though after the game, the teens were still deciding what to do with their prize money. Each participant in the match also received an SPCC keychain.


Maganares said the team did especially well since it had the most challenging situation as its controllers were reversed, making it more difficult to control their robot.


Currently, there are four dual-enrollment classes that New Tech students are taking through SPCC: two engineering courses, a graphics design class and a class in criminal justice.