By Katie Walker, Staff Writer
A mustard-colored rotary phone, mini tripod, silver creamer set, two tennis rackets and a three-headed dog are among the materials the Morgan County High School 3600 Clockwork team will use to build a robot to conquer all others.
The Robotics team is not devising a Rube Goldberg contraption to enter into competition. The sundry items listed above are for sale at the team’s fund-raising booth at the Morgan County Flea Market, located across the street from Youngblood Motors.
The flea market offers free monthly booth rental and 100 percent commission to local, youth-oriented non-profit organizations, and the Robotics team needs all the help it can get.
The team plans to enter a competition sponsored by FIRST, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that encourages students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a rigorous six-week period of designing, building, testing and repairing an original robot to duke it out in a battle royal in a Gwinnett Area in March.
The team must raise $5,000 by Jan. 4 to purchase the robot base, required parts, and entry fee.
“They give the actual challenge on that day, so they’ll know what they have to do. Last year they had to shoot a frisbee into a slot at the top of a stand. Their robot also had to climb, it had to get 3-6″ off the ground, and it had to be animatronic,” Stephanie Holloway said. Holloway is a “Spirit Mom” of 3600 Clockwork, charged with helping the group raise funds.
The team is currently looking for sponsors and donations to build and transport the complex device. Check out their booth at Morgan County Flea Market, or contact them through Facebook at FIRST Team 3600 Clockwork.