In February, the Metter Middle School Robotics Team, The Centennial Contractors, took their vision to the state robotics championship and won the Overall Competition Core Values Award for Inspiration.
Their competition centered around their vision for a new wheelchair ramp at the front entrance of Candler County Hospital. In February, the team presented their model to hospital personnel in a special meeting.
Today, that vision is becoming a reality as the wheelchair ramp is undergoing a complete redesign to avoid the sharp turn that previously existed at the base of the ramp - a turn that is difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair.
Team members involved in the project were Amarian Harden, Laura Hill, Allie Johnson, Nathaniel O’Conner, Jessica Thaler, Jase Vining, Michael Walden and Cace West. Thomas Chicola was the team manager, while Kimberly Grantham and Autumn Chicola served as team coaches.
“The construction is not quite complete,” Hospital Public Relations Director Marty Ray reported on Tuesday afternoon. Safety inspections will have to take place before the ramp can be opened, he said.
Ray added that the hospital hopes to have an event that will include recognition of the MMS students at a later date.