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Jordan-Matthews robotics team competes at the North Carolina Robotics Tournament

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011

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Siler City, NC - On April 7-9 the Jordan-Matthews High School robotics team, the Jets n’ Bolts, competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) North Carolina Regional Robotics Tournament at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh.

A group of approximately fifteen students worked diligently to face the challenge of meeting robot inspection guidelines, driving the robot on the field and fixing last minute technical difficulties. The object of the game was for each team’s robot to pick up large inner tubes and place them on different levels of pegs. Competing in over eight matches, the Jets n’ Bolts’ robot proved to be a defensive contender, by helping to prevent opposing robots from picking up inner tubes. After the competition, all of the teams gathered on the North Carolina State University campus for food, dancing and a tour of its state of the art engineering buildings.

“This was our team’s first season. I am proud of all of our students. They stayed every day after school and got up Saturdays to come in and work on our robot. Our students worked so hard and pulled together as a team with enthusiasm, smarts and great determination," said Margaret Grayson, school counselor and robotics coach.

Senior Kelly Kelaya was interviewed about robiotics by North Carolina Public Radio.

Grayson and the team expressed their thanks to Andrew Atwell, J-M Ag Mechanics teacher and robotics coach, Shane Barry, J-M Science teacher and Robotics Coach, Marvin Morgan, J-M Drafting teacher and robotics coach, Tommy Branson, robotics coach, parents Osvaldo Espinoza, Ernest Kight, Denise and Billy Partin, Julie Teague, all the businesses in the community who donated parts or sponsored the team, Marie Hopper, the Regional Director of NC FIRST Robotics, and all of the other NC robotics teams who helped us.

The team is seeking additional help. Grayson described the type of individuals the team needs by saying, "If are a "tinkerer," an engineer, a mechanic, electrician or computer programmer and you like working with kids, contact Shane Barry or Margaret Grayson at (919)742-2916."

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