Walton Robotics to be Featured on GPB’s “SciTech Now Georgia” | Schools
MARIETTA, Ga. (March 16, 2015) – Walton Robotics, an award-winning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program of Walton High School, will be featured on this week’s broadcast of “SciTech Now Georgia”. The program, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s (GPB) new, weekly half-hour look at the latest science and technology developments in Atlanta and the southeast, is scheduled to air on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The segment will focus on the students of Walton Robotics and their success at being a leader in the field of high school robotics programs. For example, this past weekend Walton Robotics faced off against 63 teams -- from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Turkey as well as California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Virginia -- at the 2015 Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held at the University of Central Florida.
The team was named the winner of the Orlando Regional competition, leading the alliance that won the robot competition.
The team also received the Chairman's Award, which is the most prestigious award at FIRST, that honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of the national FIRST (For Recognition and Inspiration of Science and Technology) program.
During the competition, electric-powered robots constructed by students score points by performing pre-designated tasks, such as stacking and filling objects, as they first function autonomously guided by programming code written by students and are then controlled remotely by student drivers.
“We are looking forward to seeing this program that will shine a spotlight on the students of the Walton Robotics program,” said Brian Benton, Walton Robotics team adviser. “We appreciate ‘SciTech Now Georgia’ and its efforts to help spread the word about what the team is doing to share its expertise with students at other schools in our region.”
As a team member, Walton students learn about working in a collaborative environment, the use of technology in decision-making and connect with mentors from prominent Georgia employers including GE, Novelis, Ranstad Technologies, Cobb EMC and Dixie Industrial.
“SciTech Now Georgia” is GPB’s weekly half-hour look at the latest science and technology developments in Atlanta, the Southeast and on the national scene. Coverage emphasizes the Atlanta area’s rapidly growing startup scene – the local innovators, entrepreneurs and business specialists who are bringing new companies and technologies to life. It also focuses on geek culture: movies, TV shows, books, comics, gaming and conventions that celebrate science fiction, horror and fantasy’s influence on entertainment.
The mission of the Walton Robotics Team is to help students develop personal and professional skills, inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Walton Robotics promotes STEM careers as fun, rewarding, and a pathway to a brighter future. Recent winner of the Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase (GRITS) prize, Walton Robotics shares its expertise with school districts throughout metro Atlanta. For more information visit http://waltonrobotics.org/. To see Walton Robotics in action visit https://www.youtube.com/user/WaltonRoboMedia.