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October 04, 2012

Thomas County Central Establishes Robotic Program

Thomas County Central High School has recently launched a robotics program with the help of a grant funded by the LEGO Foundation.

The new robotics program is life changing for three students, Taylor Bodiford, Kacy Jones and   Colin Sharpe at Thomas County Central High School and this team attended the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Kickoff event held at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta earlier this month.

"I was actually really intrigued by it because I'm wanting to get into engineering when I get out of high school in the military so I just figured it would be a good way for me to get involved with that and get ready," said Taylor Bodiford."I really wanted to go and be a teacher, but engineering has been an open door to me now," said Kacy Jones."At first coming in here I didn’t know anything about robotics or anything like that, but if you just take the time to look at it, it gets simpler and easier," said Colin Sharpe.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people to become science and technology leaders. Founder Dean Kamen hopes "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Because this is the first year for the robotics program at TCCHS, the LEGO Foundation provided a grant to help the program get started.

This new program facilitates the students to learn and as well as an opportunity to compete with other students across the country.

Kacy Jones further added that she's looking forward to continuing to build the program as a founding member.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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