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First robotics challenge brings awards to UCPS students

Fred Edwards, a Union County Chamber of Commerce board member, center, stands with the robotics team called SWOT from Cuthbertson High School. The team won first- and second-place awards in the competition. Pictured, from left, are Erin Rinehart, Tony Giaimo, Edwards and James Holloway. (Team members Tristan Hood and William Weinberg are not pictured.)

Union County Public Schools and South Piedmont Community College teamed up recently for the first Robotics Challenge of Union County. The event was held Saturday, April 18, at the Center for Technology and Health Education in Monroe.

Fourteen teams from five high schools—Cuthbertson, Forest Hills, Marvin Ridge, Porter Ridge and Weddington—participated in the competition. In addition, three teams from SPCC competed.

“We were excited about the competition because it encouraged teamwork and leadership, communications and problem-solving skills among groups,” said Robert Filter, director of career and technical education for UCPS.

It took months for the teams to prepare for the competition. The goal was to design and build robots that could complete multiple tasks such as stacking and moving cubes and attaching pieces to the blocks. Students were judged on their design and how well the robot performed.

“I really loved it and I learned so much from this experience,” said Deyaneira Martinez, a senior at Forest Hills High. “I think the most valuable lessons were how to work together and good sportsmanship.”

Congratulations to the following teams who won awards at the competition:

robotics demonstrationSWOT (Cuthbertson ): Robotic Excellence, team competition (second place), skill competition (first place) and design (first place). The team members are Tony Giaimo, James Holloway, Tristan Hood, Erin Rinehart and William Weinberg.

Pi-Bots (Porter Ridge) teamed up with the SPCC team to win the team competition. The team members from Porter Ridge High are Trey Moore, Neel Patel, Ethan Marano, Mason Young and Sam Jurca.

The Patorade and The Hive (Weddington and Forest Hills): Team competition (third place). The team members from Weddington High are Lauren Micklow, Lydia Reader, Sharat Vyas, Nate Benn and Carrie Kerfonta. The team members from Forest Hills are Tyrek Clark, Jacob Woessner, Lola Helms, Josh Rhodey, and Deyaneira Martinez.

Organizers for the Robotics Challenge are already making plans for next year’s event. They plan to add a middle school competition and expand participation for high school students.


Written by: Tahira Stalberte, UCPS Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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