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Merrol Head Magnet Robotics Team Won Auburn Contest

Merrol Hyde magnet school robotics team recently more than 55 people from the whole of Southeast Asia in the regional competition at Auburn University.
The team traveled to the Dec. 5-7 competition, called South’s Boost, Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, after raising $700 for trip, according to a MHMS news release written by student Alex Lloyd.

“I feel great,” senior and team president Nathan Bowen said in the release. “We won first place in my eighth grade year and we won first place again this year, which is very exciting for me because it’s like starting and ending on a high note.

“I’m really proud of the team for being able to accomplish this again,” Bowen added.

Alexander Horton, Jared Lange, Chance Ferrell, Hunter Murphy, Curtis Hailey, Ethan Lee, Matthew Butera and Landry Norman drove the team in prior competitions all the way to the national/division championship at Auburn.

The team received parts for the robot in September and had six weeks to build and program it, Lloyd wrote. Not only did the team win overall first place in the competition, it won various other first place awards: Igus, which is the highest score in one round (514), Most Robust Robot and Most Photogenic Robot. They also earned 3rd place in Computer Aided Design.

The team overcame obstacles such as 20-second penalties at the beginning of a few 3-minute rounds to earn the win.

“They pulled through and came out on top despite the obstacles they had to push through, which clearly shows Merrol Hyde Magnet’s great work ethic,” Lloyd wrote.

The team, which is hosted by Mike Marsh, includes students in grades 6-12 from any Sumner County School.

Robotics team takes 2nd at Lipscomb

The Auburn win followed an Oct. 18 second-place finish at the Music City BEST robotics competition at Lipscomb University, according to a news release written by Laura Thompson.

The team took first place in Booth Presentation and Robot Competition, and won the Lipscomb Founder’s Award, taking second place overall in the competition against 14 other teams.

Each team could compete in two divisions: the Robotics division, and the BEST Award, Thompson wrote. In order to enter the BEST division, each team had to compete in four additional categories, including Oral Presentation, Educational Display, Project Engineering Notebook and Spirit and Sportsmanship.

In the Robotics division, the team took first place for the second year in a row. In the BEST division, they took home Best Team Exhibit and Interview, taking second place overall.

During the robotics competition, the team had to overcome two setbacks, Thompson noted.

“In an early heat, the robot stopped working properly and had to be repaired before the next heat,” she wrote. “Also, one of the drivers had a problem during an early heat, when he accidentally flipped the robot. However, when it was his turn to drive during the finals, he drove a flawless round, becoming one of many heroes that day.”Source:tennessean.com

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