Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy_2017

Almost 100 high school students from 9 area high schools attended a robotics competition at the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy on March 5, 2018. Sponsored by Shaw Industries, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and Sumo Robotics, this event was held in honor of National Manufacturing Day. Student teams from 9 area high schools participated: Northwest Whitfield, Southeast Whitfield, Coahulla Creek, Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy, Dalton High, Christian Heritage, Calhoun High, North Murray, and Murray County. Students designed and built robots to compete in fully autonomous sumo wrestling. Each match motivated students to learn and understand the principles of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), preparing them for the future by fostering an interest in these critical disciplines and an understanding of how they are practiced. Throughout the competition, students had the opportunity to build electrical circuits, design and 3D print adaptive components, and code sensor-based autonomous response algorithms using the actual C++ programming language. A pizza lunch was provided and students also learned about manufacturing in the area and the career opportunities that exist.