Robotics teams in Logan County were awarded a grant of $17,822 from Appalachian Power.
At the beginning of the July 14 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education, Cindy Wiseman, with Appalachian Power made a public presentation concerning the grant.
“We’re supportive of Logan County Schools in several ways, but one of the biggest ways that we’ve been a participant with the robotics program is to provide grants. We’ve been participating for…16 years and the robotics program in Logan County is 17 years old, so I’m really glad we have a long history,” explained Wiseman.
Robotics teams in Logan County have been established in Man, Chapmanville and Logan High Schools and a fourth remote control or “RC” team is composed of students from throughout the county.
Peggy Vance, with Logan County Robotics noted, “We appreciate AEP. For 16 out of 17 years they have come through with grant money to make sure our robotics teams are able to function. We are going to have a demonstration at the second [LCBOE] meeting in September, and we invite everybody to come back to the robotics lab to see how the robots actually run.”
Members of robotics teams were on hand to show off their machines. Many of the new robots employ modern smart phones to wirelessly send and receive commands.
Last year Logan County First Robotics Team 337 competed in California, Pa., Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Louis, Mo. where they competed with 600 teams from all 50 states and 70 countries and placed sixth in the world.
Robotics in Logan County will continue to grow in Logan County. Vance explained the money from this year’s Appalachian Power grant will be used to expand the program into Logan, Man and Chapmanville middle schools.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]