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Vidalia Students Seek Robotic Solutions
Saturday, 02 February 2013

February 2--  Designing robots to improve the quality of life of senior citizens has been the work this year of robotics teams in the Vidalia City School System.

Two teams from Sally Meadows Elementary School and one from J.R. Trippe Middle School competed in various levels of competiton during the year.

Image"The Killerwatts" captained by Sally Meadows 5th grader Khushi Mehta went all the way to state competition where they came in 30th in a field of 520 teams.  Their project was a robotic smart car for elderly drivers.

"Seniors want to feel independent and help themselves.  They don't want to rely on others their whole lives, so we wanted to make a senior smart car that would drive itself," Khushi said.

Sally Meadows third grader Aeden Ikner led the "The Microchips" who placed third in region competition with a robotic lawnmower.

"We came up with a lawnmower that is battery powered, costs less and you don't get on it and drive.  It drives itself," Aeden explained.

ImageAt J.R. Trippe Middle School, Josh Bell and his team captained by Bennett Moore, "The ShortCircuits," placed third in region and came in 24th at the SuperRegionals be designing a Technology Center to help senior citizens use today's technology to improve their quality of life.

"We were trying to design a Senior Center they could go to and learn all about technology and use social networking web sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep together with family.  If they don't use these things, they're lonely.  If they do use these things, it reduces the risk of depression and it helps their overall health," Josh said. 

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