By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Annual RoboRide, a bicycle ride through Morgan County to benefit the Morgan County High School Robotics Team, took off Saturday morning before the Madison Chili Cook-Off. After, riders raised money for the team to fund building this year’s robots and cover competition costs, the Robotics teams was awarded a Showmanship award at the 13th Annual Madison’s Chili-Cook Off in Town Park.
The Roboride featured a 10-mile “fun ride” for families and beginners and two longer routes for experienced riders.
The ride purposely coincided with Madison’s annual Chili Cook-Off so riders could take in the beautiful landscape of Morgan County and return to Madison’s Town Park to enjoy the local festival. To support the Morgan County Robotics team, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Our goal is to have 50 riders and to be able to connect with the community through the cook-off to give more exposure to the robotics team,” explained Robotics Coach Alec Johnson before the ride. “Our budget is larger than most programs and we are completely self-funded. We are trying to come up with $12,000 for the year, which does not include costs if the team makes it to the state competition and later, into world competition like we did last year.”
The MCHS Robotics Team’s first competition will be held on November 11 in Gwinnett County. The MCHS Robotics Program is comprised of six teams that have already completed the design process for this year’s robots and are starting to build the robots this week.
“The robots have to be able to stack objects during the competitions,” said Johnson. “We are already starting to build and we are doing these fundraisers to be able to pay for it all.”