'Columbus Corps' compete in robotics competition

April 5, 2014 

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

The Columbus Robotics Alliance Team, nicknamed the "Columbus Corps," recently traveled to Atlanta to compete in the FIRST Robotics Peachtree Regional. The team made it into the final four before being eliminated. FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high school-aged teens discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams built robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. Members of the Columbus Robotics Alliance Team are from Columbus High, although the intent is to include all local high schools. Team members are: standing, from left, David Rush (mentor), John Barton, Jerry Lin, Zhong Zheng, Paul King (mentor), Brandon King (co-captain), Farita Tasnim (co-captain), Shivani Upadhayay, Jinny van Doorn, Victoria Thornton, Coach Luther Richardson and Valerie Rynearson. Kneeling Godwin Chan, Hallie Richardson, and Megan Throlson. Not pictured Wil Murtey.

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