Metter Middle School Robotics Team wins at State

The MMS Robotics Team makes their presentation before Hospital personnel.

In their first ever appearance at a State Championship, the Metter Middle School Varsity Robotics Team, The Centennial Constructors, won the Overall Competition Core Values Award for Inspiration.

The local team found themselves competing against 30 of the top Robotics teams at the state level on the weekend of Feb. 1 at Georgia Tech after competing at Starbase Super Regionals in Warner Robins on Jan. 25.

At Super Regionals, MMS Varsity Robotics won the Super Regional Core Values Award and performed among the top teams, which qualified them to move to the First Lego League State championship.

To prepare for state competition, the Robotics Team took their campaign to Candler County Hospital. The project included rehabilitating the wheelchair ramp at the hospital’s main entrance, utilizing unused space  on the ramp.

The ramp needs rehabilitation, the team explained, because of the sharp turn at the base of the include that is difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair.

Team members include Amarian Harden, Laura Hill, Allie Johnson, Nathaniel O’Conner, Jessica Thaler, Jase Vining, Michael Walden and Cace West. Thomas Chicola is team manager, while Kimberly Grantham is team coach and Autumn Chicola is assistant coach.

Funding for State Competition was provided by The Education Foundation and Educational Talent Search.

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