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RoboBibb heads to national competition

Team RoboBibb is heading to a national competition in a few weeks, after taking home the Rookie All-Star Award at a regional competition this past weekend.

25 students from seven different Bibb County high schools make up the robotics team, RoboBibb.

The group had five weeks to build and program a robot for the FIRST Robotics Peachtree Regional Competition, where they competed against 64 other high school teams.

Those robots compete in a game called Aerial Assist and win points for shooting a ball into a six-foot high goal.

The group also won the Highest Seeded Rookie Team Award for winning the most points throughout the entire three-day competition.

Jeremiah Smith, RoboBibb's president, says he's honored the year-old club has already found success.

"We weren't even thinking about a regional award. I was just thinking about having a robot that we could actually take there. We were worried about just completing on time. But to win an award, it was amazing," Smith said.

Smith is currently a senior at Howard High and says he wants to continue pursuing engineering in college.

He's been accepted to MIT, Georgia Tech and Cornell.

Deanndra Dixon, also a senior at Howard, says she never expected to get into robotics.

"The first thing I thought when [my teacher] asked me to join was, 'I don't want to do robotics. That's so nerdy!'" Dixon said.

But after attending the first RoboBibb meeting, she was hooked.

"I had no idea what I wanted to do at the beginning of senior year," Dixon said. "Now I want to be an electrical engineer."

RoboBibb heads to Saint Louis for the national competition, which will go on from April 23-26.


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