May 9, 2017
By Amie Knowles
MARTINSVILLE – The competitive season is over, but that doesn’t mean the MADawgs robotics team at Martinsville High School is taking it easy.
Making it all the way to the district championships in the FIRST Robotics competition this year, Todd Cassell, CTE and STEM coordinator at Martinsville High School, said that the team had a “very successful” season.
“Right after the season ended, there was a collaboration idea J.C. White brought to my attention,” Cassell said.
White, the school resource officer at MHS, approached Cassell with not only a problem, but also an idea for a solution.
“I come across a lot of unaccounted for school bags,” White said. “One of the students said, ‘Well, how do you know what’s in there?’ I said, ‘Well, I really don’t. In a perfect world, I’d have a robot, wouldn’t I? And I could check this out.’”
The student asked White why he didn’t have a robot.
“I said, ‘That’s another good question,’” White said. “I said, ‘We have a robotics team and those guys do a bang-up job.’”
With the skills and resources the MADawgs had available, White approached Cassell and made a pitch. It didn’t take much convincing.
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