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Competing robots for bragging rights

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The Terrell Wells Middle School gymnasium was filled with students running back and forth while others huddled around large wooden boxes that had obstacles for their robots. It was all part of Harlandale ISD’s Robotics Competition on February 22.

Using Lego Mindstorms kits, students had to build a robot with the provided parts then have it complete certain tasks.

“But we have to make sure that it [robot] is able to push the cone all the way inside the box,” explained one student to another.

The robots also had to pick up items and traverse paths. Each task required students to calculate the amount of space the robot would have to travel, turn, and move. They programmed the commands into a laptop which would send the information to the robot.

Robotics is part of the Gifted and Talented program which hopes to get more students interested in science, math, and technology.