Robotics team finishes first project

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Portable Chargers — Central High School’s robotic team — have finished their robot as they prepare for two competitions this month.

The team will be competing in Blacksburg this weekend and in Hampton Roads on March 18-20, said Mark Bailey, a high school science teacher and the team’s coach.

“We are hoping to develop this team into a major contender,” Bailey said. “As a rookie team, we are planning on doing our best, but realize that it is a learning year.”

Mid-Atlantic Broadband, which helped finance the team’s creation, has also come up with another effort to help out — a competition that needs public participation, Bailey said.

Each time #MBCChallengeCup and #futurewarhorse is posted on Facebook or Twitter, the team will earn a point. The school with the most points will earn prizes.

“So we would like to get the word out for everyone to post these two hashtags as many times as possible,” Bailey said. “Please make sure to post it exactly as it is above. If the hashtags are posted but have spaces in them or are misspelled, we get no points. This is a great way to help support a new and exciting program.”

Bailey said the team and its supporters want to thank a number of businesses for their strong support. In addition to Mid-Atlantic Broadband, they are: Showbest Furniture Corp., Benchmark Community Bank, Kenbridge Construction, Kenbridge Building Supply, Bailey Stews, Wallace Auto Parts, Victoria Fire and Rescue & Central High School and Lunenburg County Public Schools.

Meanwhile, the team aptly named its robot Colt.

“As a history lesson, a Charger is the war horse that a knight rode in on,” Bailey explained. “A lot of people believe that it is the Knight, but it is the actual horse. So keeping with a theme, the name of the robot is Colt because it is a young robot.”