FPHS Robotics compete at Rocket City Regional
April 11, 2019
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FPHS Robotics compete at Rocket City Regional

By Zach Hester, Art Director • zach@southerntorch.com (Submitted Photo)

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Last month, Fort Payne High School’s FIRST Robotics team, Gigawatts, competed at the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville. More than 50 teams around the country (and one from Brazil) descended on the City to compete for the top prize. 

The Gigawatts 7428 spent six weeks at the beginning of the year to build their 125 pound robot that can compete on a basketball court-size field. The competition field sees a three-versus-three battle in a two minutes and 30 seconds match. This year’s event featured a space theme with robots having to load cargo in the setting of a fictional planet and hatch panels onto a cargo ship or rocket ship before a massive sandstorm hits. 

Fort Payne’s Gigawatts found success by winning the Rookie Inspiration Award, which celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within the school and their community. 

In addition to the game, the students established a non-profit business. In this business, they must raise funds, create a business plan and market their robotics team. 

Congratulations to the Gigawatts on their award from all of us here at Southern Torch!

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