Welding students put together top notch robot
GWAMA, the new kids on the block, blew away the field at the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics competition, serving notice that Waco ISD's newest campus is much more than a welding school.
Yes, the students at the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy are learning how to lay down a smooth bead, but they're also proving to be quite handy at designing and building a robot that performs predetermined tasks.
The local competition held November 2 at the University High gymnasium featured 20 schools from throughout the Waco-Temple-Killeen area. Each team had to design and build a robot from the exact same raw materials. Then, in a series of timed head-to-head battles, the teams had to make their robot grab and replace dowel rods; successfully hang coat hangers; and place wooden cutouts into identically shaped voids.
The GWAMA team finished in first place and now advances to the Texas BEST Regional Robotics Championship, Nov. 8-10, at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy is a school comprised of junior and senior level students from nine Waco area school districts. The students take courses in welding, technology, applied mathematics, rocketry, robotics and blueprint reading.