On Saturday, the Sweetwater Middle School Robotics Program took five teams to compete in the GEAR Robotics Competition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The competition officially began on March 23, when the theme of the competition was revealed. This year's theme was Dr. Roboto. It focused on how robots are used in the medical field.
To compete, each team designed a robot, programmed it to complete simulated medical missions and write an engineering essay explaining how they approached the challenge. Each team also came up with a team name and t-shirt design for the competition.
The SMS Robotics teams were recognized out of 122 competing teams at the competition by receiving the GEAR HEAD award. This is earned by the teams with the most imaginative use of materials in their robot design. Sixth graders Bianca Bohall and Nikki Gutierrez scored a high enough score to be in the top 10 percent of teams at the competition.