Wacona Elementary's robotics team, aptly named Warebotics, recently attended their first competition, held at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia. Wacona’s inspiration for starting a robotics team was having the Ware County High School Robotics Team, Swampbotics, visit the second grade classrooms at our school two years ago. Several members of the Swampbotics team acted as mentors for the Wacona Robotics Club last year, inspiring the students, as well as a few faculty members, to start a competitive robotics team this year.
Wacona has two robotics teams, with 10 members each, as well as a robotics club with 12 members. The students spent last year building the Clawbot version of the Vex IQ and learning about types of engineering, the engineering process, and parts of a robot. This year, team members have worked on making revisions to their Clawbot to accommodate this year’s challenge, the Vex IQ Crossover Challenge, and have learned how to use computer coding to program their robot’s brain for teleoperated and autonomous action.
During the competition, students were able to see how other schools designed their robots for this year’s challenge. They also discussed Crossover Challenge strategies with their assigned alliance teams from all over North Georgia. The North Forsyth competition included 40 teams with elementary and middle school students competing together. Wacona students performed well at the competition, ending in the top ten in 3 of the 6 competition events.
In Programming Skills (autonomous), Coleman P. came in 4th place and Cody G. came in 5th place. The team also had a top ten finish in the Driver Skills Challenge, with Teagan H. and Grant G. finishing in 10th place. Noah B. and Mason T. competed in the Driver Skills Challenge, finishing 27th out of 40 teams. Warebotics also had two teams compete in the Teamwork Challenge, with Olivia S. and Shawn M. finishing 26th and Dallas B. and Sophie C. finishing 36th. Teamwork Challenge teams were paired with elementary and middle school teams from other schools and had a few minutes to discuss strategies before competing together for the first time, which is quite a difficult task.
Warebotics coaches Michele Yaun, Darlene Smith, and James Bell are excited to finally have a competitive robotics team and begin competing this year! Wacona has the only Vex IQ Robotics elementary team south of Macon, Georgia. They would love to have more competitors in South Georgia. Wacona Warebotics will return for another competition to North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia on January 14, 2017.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors, including McVeigh’s Collision Center, Coastal Pines Technical College, Southern Wholesale Florist, and Hatcher Farms, as well as our Bronze Sponsors, including Dr. Irfan at Southeast Georgia Gastrology and Hackel & Hackel. If you are interested in sponsoring Wacona Warebotics, please call the school at 287-2362.
Pictured are Warebotics members. Left side: Olivia S., Grant G., Teagan H., Mason T., and Sophie C. Right side: Coleman P., Shawn M., Noah B., Dallas B., and Cody G.