BY SARA YOUNG ON OCTOBER 10, 2014
Rose has a variety of exciting and diverse clubs which many students participate in. A robotics team is one of the many things Rose has to offer.
Sophomore Charlie Goodman got involved in robotics last year when he attended the county-wide interest meeting.
“Last year I got the phone call that they sent out to everyone in Pitt County about a meeting for the Pitt Pirates Robotics team,” Goodman said. “I went to the meeting and I really liked it.”
Goodman takes part in the program team, which creates the instructions for the robot’s basic and advanced movements.
“I’m on the program team, which means I don’t personally build the robot,” Goodman said.
Along with being on the program team, Goodman also participates in Robox Sumo. Robox Sumo is a robotics program offered to middle schoolers.
“I also help out a lot with Robox Sumo which is a program that teaches middle schoolers how to make robots,” Goodman said. “They build robots out of cardboard and other basic materials; it is really cool.”
Robox Sumo was one of the highlights of the robotics team last year for Goodman.
“It’s a lot of fun working with the middle schoolers,” Goodman said. “At their competitions, they get so excited and that’s really cool to see.”
Goodman is looking forward to the competitions this year. These competitions are where the team gets to show off what they have worked so hard on.
“I am really excited to go to the competitions; they are pretty exciting,” Goodman said. “The competitions are pretty crazy, and there’s always a ton of people there.”
Goodman went to two competitions this past year.
“I went to the Raleigh Regional competition last year and I also went to the National competition in Fairfax, Virginia,” Goodman said. “The competitions lasted three to four days.”
Before the competition, the robotics team is given six weeks to plan and create a functioning robot.
“We have to plan it and program it all in six weeks,” Goodman said. “During the build season, we work everyday for at least two hours, and on the weekends we work for at least four hours.”