Southwestern Students Introduce Their Robot to Ryobi and Discuss the Future of Shelby County Robotics

image002 Southwestern students ( Alex Swift, Clay Holder, Carter Swift and Caleb Swift (Not pictured: Noah Swift) made an impressive presentation to Ryobi ( about their experience with Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge.  They also introduced Ryobi to the cool robot they collaboratively designed, built and competed with this year.

These impressive young people designed and built a robot and took it to the robotics competition in Mishawaka, Indiana earlier this month.  The FIRST Tech Challenge ( involved teams designing and building robots out of metal materials with motors, electrical wiring, controllers, and fabricated parts.  The teams then program the robots, give a presentation to the judges, and join forces with other teams to compete on challenge tasks.

This Shelby County 4-H Robotics FTC Team had a great experience, learned a lot and earned the Connect Award for their community involvement at the Mishawaka FIRST Tech Competition.  The team’s success and experience did not end with the competition.  The following are some of the incredible things that these future designers, inventors and leaders have accomplished through their Robotics experience:

  • Organized a Lego Mindstorms robot challenge at the Shelby County 4-H fair
  • Worked with Mini-4-H kids on WeDo Legos and Mindstorm Robots
  • Taught classes at a Military Kids Camp at Camp Atterbury, demonstrating to the Boy Scout Pack 241, how the robot works
  • Made a presentation at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago demonstrating how they created and designed their robot and how it works

The team has qualified for the state competition on February 21, 2015 in West Lafayette.

Download the Robotic Competition Invite for a public invitation to the January 10, 2015 Robotics Competition.  There are now 32 teams competing ~320 students.  Their is a need for sponsors to help cover event costs for the facility and DJ.  Download the “Robotic Competition Invite” for details and contact information.

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