On Sunday, April 14, 2013, 24 teams representing the Southeast region of the United States converged to display their small, customizable and programmable robots at the Southern Challenge at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Throughout the school year each team was charged with completing community service research focused on Senior Citizens. BCJA’s team, “Electro Forces”, consisting of ten students in grades 6th to 8th, explored how to teach seniors self-defense skills.
On the day of the challenge, each team was evaluated in several areas including Research, Robot Design, Robot Programs, Teamwork, and Robot Missions. Scoring was based on a rubric given to each team and teams earned points for each mission their robot completed.
BCJA Electro Forces placed 2nd for Research and 4th for the Robot Missions! It was truly a collaborative team effort led by Mr. Jnocka Small, our 5th grade teacher! Our parents and supporters gave outstanding advice to assist and encourage our team throughout the day of the challenge. Our students’ behaviors and attitudes were stellar as well, during breakfast at Cracker Barrel they were complimented twice on their behavior.
We thank all our parents and supporters of the BCJA Electro Forces!
BCJA started In 2009 there were nine teams competing and BJCA remains the only team representing the South Atlantic Conference. With 24 teams this year competing in the Southern Challenge, Robotics is catching on!
For information on the Robotics Leagues click here.