The Pickens County Robotics Club and GEAR UP Alabama students participated in the BEST Robotics competition at Bevill State. This was the first year Pickens County had a team in the competition.  The robotics club consists of students in computer science from all four high schools in the county. They united as one team to participate in the very rigorous competition. BEST Robotics encourages students to engage in solving problems through engineering, science, and technology.

 This year’s game theme was current events. The objective of the game was to clear debris from the ocean in order to protect and save the sea turtles and their habitat.  The purpose of the robot was to navigate and ride the ocean currents on an unstable, elevated ocean rail.  Our students worked together to implement a marketing plan to promote their robot as well as set up an exhibit booth.  They also submitted an engineering notebook that included a research paper and pictures of their design process.  The students only had six weeks to work on this project. The GEAR UP Alabama students in the Pickens County Robotics Club set high expectations for future teams. The eagerness and determination demonstrated by the students was evident in how they performed in the competition. 

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Shown are GEAR UP Alabama Students: Tyler Primel (Gordo High); Tori Pulliam (Pickens County High); Trishyla Means (Pickens County High); Wesley Junkins (Gordo High); Briana Harris(Pickens County High); Glenn Draper(Pickens County High); Talija Smith (Aliceville High School);Jessica Phipps (Gordo High); Castella Sherrod (Aliceville High); Collin Vang (Gordo High)

Submitted by
Lynne Marine
Region 5 Coordinator