Fourteen robots and their student inventors gathered in Marianna March 21 to compete in the sixth annual robotics contest sponsored by the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board and Opportunity Florida. The contest challenged teams of students to design, build and operate a robot to outscore their opponents in head to head completion.

Tech No Bot from Holmes County High School defeated Wolverines from Chipley High School 65-10 in the final round to take the championship. Cottondale High’s Avengers defeated the Bulldogs 50-45 of Liberty County to capture third place.

Students were challenged to design and build a robot that could move various size balls into scoring areas as well as lift balls into a scoring tube. Teams played four round robin matches that determined the seeding in a single elimination tournament.

Tech No Logic also took first place in the Log Book competition as well as the Top Gun Award for scoring the most points in a single match. In the Log Book competition teams submitted logbooks that were graded and then the top teams were also interviewed by judges to determine the final rankings.

The contest was started by the CRWDB and Opportunity Florida to give area educators an extra tool to use as they help youth learn how to think critically, problem solve and work as a team.

Richard Williams, Executive Director of the CRWDB, said the contest is a fun way for students to expand their classroom knowledge.

“This contest gives students a chance to put lessons learned in the classroom to use in a way that offers them many challenges they have to overcome,” Williams said. “It is amazing to see teams between rounds working on their robots and actually applying skills necessary to do well in any occupation that requires knowledge in math, science, technology and engineering.”

The CRWDB provides oversight and implementation of workforce development programs in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington County. The board also works with local educational institutions, economic development organizations and local employers to promote our goal of having a highly skilled and competitive workforce.