Robotics teams show off skills at BA meet

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Beaufort Academy hosted its first Lowcountry Robotics Meet on Saturday, Jan. 19, with 10 FIRST Tech Challenge Lowcountry teams from throughout the region competing. 

Teams of up to 15 members in grades 7-12 were challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

The 10 teams marked an all-time high for the new league and included squads from Beaufort Academy, Pinewood Prep, Military Magnet, Timberland High School, Sangaree Middle School, Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School, and Cross High School, as well as other community teams. 

Beaufort Academy placed ninth, but the team’s coaches said the team members are learning how to build, how to code, basic rules, regulations, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and how to operate BA’s rover, known as “The Beast.” 

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