Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 7, 2013

Central wins robotics competition

Emily Kornegay
CNHI

— Thomas County Central’s robotics team, the Cybertechnic Stingers, brought home the “Winning Alliance” trophy after winning the final round in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) state qualifier sponsored by RoBugs of McDonough, Saturday.  This win qualified the team to advance to state competition to be held next month.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for high school students based on a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams.

The Cybertechnic Stingers placed 6th out of 17 teams during the qualifying matches. This ranking allowed the team to participate in the final rounds. In the semifinals, the Stingers and their alliance partner easily won both matches to advance to the final rounds.

After losing the first match in the finals round, the alliance team won the next two, giving it the championship title for the tournament and advancing both teams to state.

See Friday's edition for more details.