West Ashley Middle excels at robotics

West Ashley Middle excels at robotics
April 16 19:03 2018 Print This Article

West Ashley Middle School (WAMS) started a robotics team as an after-school club in 2016. The robotics team, led by 6th grade teacher Ashley Stoudenmire, travels at least two days a week to West Ashley High School, where the students are mentored by the award-winning West Ashley High School (WAHS) Robotics Team.

The WAMS team has achieved immediate results. This year, the team participated in 8 tournaments throughout the state and won two tournament championships, two Excellence Awards, and the Create Award for the best robot with a creative engineering solution.

There are typically 50 teams competing in a tournament from South Carolina and Georgia. The team builds a robot to perform a task. The tasks change each year. This year, the competition is called In the Zone. Robots have to perform tasks both with and without a driver. One of the tasks is parking the robot in a designated parking space and having the robot stack cones.  The teams have to be able to adapt and think strategically.

The WAMS team is looking forward to continuing robotics at WAHS.  Nicholas Holmes is the teacher of the Mechatronics Robotics class. Two years ago, the WAHS team won the state championship.  About 10,000 teams from  32 countries compete in 750 regional tournaments.  From these 580 teams will be competing next week in Louisville, Kentucky, and WAHS will be competing in that tournament for the third time.  Several WAMS students have declined invitations to magnet high schools and have chosen to enroll at West Ashley High School for its excellent engineering program and Career and Technical Education (CTE) course offerings.

Pictured:  Nathan Goller-Dietsch, Brandon Gillner, Addison Stoudenmire, Gregory Applen