Assembling robot

The Pirate Robotics team assembles their robot before competition.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate Robotics team placed second at their first ever robotics contest Saturday, Dec. 15 at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

The team was led by its sponsor RFHS teacher Jed Wilshire, and consisted of three members, Emma Jungman, LauraLee Dafft, and Vrunda Patel.

The team received its materials for the contest eight days prior from Ace Hardware and focused on a simple and effective design that was able to complete the given tasks to earn points.

Out of the five different matches during the event, the Pirate Robotics team won three of them.

“I am so impressed with what they were able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” said Wilshire. “This team was all their idea. They had to convince me.”

The robotics league that the team is involved in holds three different contests. This was the first of the three.

The team plans to expand and possibly create another team to take to competitions.

“They have already inspired others and I have a new set of kids that want to make a team as well,” said Wilshire.

The contest they attended also plans to give the Pirate Robotics team a donation in funds to help kick start the process.

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