By Emanuel Pena
The Fort Smith Junior High Robotics Team, featuring members from Chaffin, Darby, Kimmons, and Ramsey Junior Highs, visited four different elementary schools on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for a demonstration of their current projects. The team held these demonstrations in an effort to recruit students who will be entering junior high next year.
During the demonstrations, the robotics team chose two students from the audience to face off during a fire rescue simulation, which both excited the students and provided them with a real-life application for the techniques they will learn as part of the robotics team.
Two students used a robot made by the junior high robotics team to rescue Manny the Mannequin out of the burning fire.
“I was nervous and shaking, but it was so much fun,” said Spradling Elementary student Michael Trinadad, one of the participants in the simulation, after pulling the mannequin out of the fire. Michael plans to join the program next year when he begins junior high.
Elias Galvan, Spradling sixth-grade teacher, is part of the tech team at his elementary school and is helping boost the robotics program by “introducing subjects to his students such as programming” and by providing “hands on experience by dissecting old computers so students become more familiar with computer parts.”
Galvan has encouraged students to sign up for the robotics program next year. The robotics program at the junior highs teaches students subjects such as programming, debugging, building robots (for specific needs) and using CAD software.