team 49th in world competition
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[A special thanks to Paul E. Taylor]
One of the teams placed 49th.
"One of the reasons we started the robotics program at Sequoyah is that it is a hands on way of learning,” said Daniel Faddis, Sequoyah robotics team leader. "... One of the things I find neat about it is that the fact that the way our Cherokee elders used to teach their children and stuff. It was a hands on way of teaching, and so to me robotics brings traditional teaching methods to a modern science.”
This year's teams were required to design a robot that could grab tubes and place them on pegs at different levels and heights. Extra points were given if the robot could climb a ladder and stay there.
“We had a design period of about two weeks of just coming up with ideas and brainstorming,” Ballard said. “The actual building and working on it was about three or more weeks.”
During the offseason when the team
isn’t building for competitions,
members meet two days a week. During
the building season, they meet four
or five nights a week.
“One of the
key things [was carrying] in the
Cherokee Nation flag in to represent
us as a sovereign nation," Faddis
said, "and it was
pretty moving to the kids because we
were behind Canada and in front of
China, and so when you’re in between
two major countries of the world
like that it’s pretty impressive.”
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