Pike Road robotics students face best in world - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

County Road 12

Pike Road robotics students face best in world

Some Pike Road 6th graders are taking on the best in the world. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Some Pike Road 6th graders are taking on the best in the world. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The students started in December. (Source: WSFA 12 News) The students started in December. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) -

Some Pike Road 6th graders are taking on the best in the world and it all started a few months ago when the school started a Vex Robotics club.

Auburn University helped get them started with the donation of two kits. From there the students took off.

“This is the best tool I’ve ever seen for our learners,” said Catherine Kenny, the Vex Robotics team leader.

The students started in December. A few competitions later, they’re in quite a spot.

“There are 400 teams from all over the world competing,” said Kenny. “We are so excited for this opportunity,”

“We didn’t think we were going to make it,” said 6th grader Luke. “When they said the runner-up in the state competition gets to go too, we just freaked out,”

“It’s kind of nerve wracking because you don’t know what to expect,” said 6th grader Kaitlyn. “We watched some videos from other teams from last year. It’s scary,”

It’s truly a race against time. They design and build their own robot and then take it through a course picking up plastic rings and dropping them in specific locations for points.

“I like the building, the engineering, and the competitions are set up so you get to meet new people,” one student said.

There may be some nerves, but plenty of excitement too. The students have been making trading pins and have other Alabama made items to share with teams from all over the world.

The competition is in Louisville, KY at the end of the month. Team leaders say right now they’re trying to raise money so all the team members can go. You can contact at the school at 420-5310 if you’d like to donate.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • 'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:51:28 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:33 AM EDT2018-04-22 06:33:39 GMT

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

    More >>

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

    The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:44:47 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-04-22 05:58:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>
  • Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-04-22 05:58:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly