Toyota Hosts Robotics Competition in Putnam County
Posted: March 27, 2007
ELEANOR, W.Va. _ Two teams from the Putnam Career and Technical Center and a team from Hurricane High School and Poca High School have claimed the top honors in the third annual Toyota Robotics Competition in Putnam County.
The event brings advanced science and technology into Putnam County high schools, providing hands-on exposure to technical problems. By participating, students discover that applied science, math and computer programming can be both challenging and rewarding.
Putnam Career and Technical Center – Team 3 was first, while Putnam Career and Technical Center – Team 2 was second. Hurricane High School – Team 2 and Poca High School – Team 1 tied for third.
Each of the students on the first place team receives a $500 scholarship. Second place participants receive $300 scholarships. Each winning team received a trophy for their school’s trophy case.
Students conceptualize, design, build, test and program their robots to perform game-specific tasks for six weeks prior to the event. The activities promote problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork, all important skills under the West Virginia Department of Education’s 21st Century Skills initiative.
A maximum of three teams from each high school competed in four separate challenges.