Cherokee High School's robotics team was was recognized at the Hawkins County Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Bobo.
ROGERSVILLE — In the world of competitive robotics, as in life, it can be very difficult to progress and very easy to decline.
While competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Knoxville two weekends ago Cherokee High School's team was sitting as high as fourth in the standings before some broken parts relegated the team to a 19th place finish overall out of 52 teams from across the state.
Cherokee Assistant Principal Bob Edens, who has shepherded the robotics program from its inception three years ago, said the team's finish in the competition wasn't as high as hoped.
But it was an improvement on last year's results when the team's Frisbee-throwing robot finished 24th out of 53 competitors.
Edens addressed the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday as the team's members, faculty advisers, and corporate supporters were honored.
Cherokee's team, which is called "The Fellowship of the Springs," built a remote control robot for this year's competition that catches and/or scoops up a large ball and then "kicks" the ball at varying heights and velocities which are determined by the operator.
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