Riverwood International Charter School’s Robotics Team had a successful 2018-19 season. (Riverwood International Charter School)
SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Riverwood International Charter School’s Robotics Team, also known as the RoboRaiders, capped off their 2018-19 season by qualifying and competing at the state competition. The RoboRaiders participated in the national FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program which brings together teams of up to 15 members to design, build, program, and operate robots for head-to- head competitions. As students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, they learn the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
In December, the RoboRaiders won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for the high quality of their engineering notebook and the innovative design of their robot lifting arm. At the Last Chance Invitational in February, the team won the Design Award for their use of applied physics. Winning the design award clinched a spot in the State competition. The Georgia FTC State Championship, held at Blessed Trinity High School, brought together 42 teams from across the state. The RoboRaiders were proud to place 24th overall.
In addition to the formal competitions, the RoboRaiders were active in community outreach this year. In February, the team visited Heards Ferry Elementary to teach two fifth grade classes about robotics. The elementary students were thrilled to be able to "drive" the RoboRaiders’ robot. The Riverwood students taught about iterative design and what it means for a mechanical system to be autonomous. The RoboRaiders also hosted an interactive booth at the Sandy Springs Education Force’s 9th Annual STEAM Showcase to share their excitement and achievements with other local public schools.