Southfield High to Host Robotics Competition


Lauren Williams

Under wraps: Senior Kenneth Warrior stands beside Southfield High’s robot that is scheduled to compete against 39 other robots. It is wrapped for secrecy.

Forty different robotics teams and more than 700 kids are expected to come from all over the State of Michigan to compete in the First Robotics Competition at Southfield High.

The competition is scheduled to be held in the field house on Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28.

Spectators can cheer on their teammates who are driving the robots. Admission is free.

Marketing Director Stephany Peavy of Southfield High’s robotics team says the scoring is quite difficult. Points are given for various accomplishments of the robot.

The object of the game is for the robot to stack totes and bins. Additional points are given for placing a pool noodle inside of the recycling bin.

The recycling bins used in this year’s competition underscore the theme of Recycle Rush.

Southfield High’s drivers, senior Makene Culpepper and junior Kaelan Owens, will try to stack rectangular totes and cylindrical bins. The human player, sophomore Tyler Washington, is supposed to try to get the pool noodle from the robot and throw it across the field to the opposing side.

The competition goes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday.