Robotics spreads knowledge

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By McKenna Cooley

Robotics students work with Twitchell students to help them understand their new robots. Photo courtesy of Sarah Litto
Robotics students work with Twitchell students to help them understand their new robots. Photo courtesy of Sarah Litto

Members of the Robotics Club traveled to Twitchell Elementary on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to help them with their own recently created club.

“Robotics isn’t just about being the best, it is about paving the way for the next generation to go further than ours,”  Goolsby said. “The same way people older than me have helped me to learn about engineering, we plan on helping them out, so that they can go further than us.”

The school’s Robotics club recently bought two VEXIQ kits, mini robots that can connect together. Club President Connor Graves, Vice-President Sarah Litto, and head engineer Seth Goolsby spent their after school time teaching the fledgling engineers about the robot’s basic methods, gears, and sprockets. The mentors also talked about the value of teamwork, patience, splitting up the work, and learning from failure.

“These kids are interested in technology, and it’s our responsibility to help them learn about it, so that they can become the leaders of this important industry when they grow up,” Graves said. “Helping out their club is a small thing compared to what these kids will achieve in the future.”

The Robotics Club returned to help install the code software needed to work the robots on Tuesday, Nov. 17. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, they returned to extend the learning and help them have fun with robotics.

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McKenna Cooley is a senior this year as well as co-editor-in-chief with Karen Pegueros. This is her third year on staff. She enjoys writing news and feature stories. She is very excited about the upcoming year and the future of the website. Her favorite quote, which relates to her sport archery, is “An arrow can only be shot by being pulled back. When life is pulling you back with difficulties, it is about to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”