Congratulations to the Smithfield-Selma High School Robotics Team!
On March 24th and 25th, the Smithfield-Selma High School Robotics Team participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
in Raleigh. In this highly competitive event, teams of students working with teacher and volunteer mentors operate robots that they have designed, built, and tested. The requirements of the competition change yearly, and no instruction manuals are shared for the robot designs. Each team must truly design and build their robots with hundreds of components from scratch.
The Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) Robotics Team not only participated in this event, they also won first prize! This victory qualifies them for the State Championships at Campbell University on April 1st and 2nd.
SSS student and Robotics Team member Joshua Baker said, "I thought our greatest moment ...was right before Selection. The anxiety and stress of possibly not being picked pulled us together."
Mrs. Dufour, a math instructor at SSS and one of the team's mentors, beamed, "I am very proud of our students! They have learned to work together as a team and have overcome multiple technical hurdles."
The SSS students worked many arduous hours to build their robot, learning advanced engineering, problem-solving, and collaboration skills in the process.
SSS student Robert Tetreault said, "Despite everything stressful that's happening, I still manage to have fun!"
Ryan Runion, another SSS Robotics Team member, added, "The thrill was overwhelming and will never be forgotten!"
To learn more about the adventures of the SSS Robotics Team, follow the SSS Robotics Booster Club on Facebook.