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Richmond robotics team looks to the future

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The robotics team at Huguenot High School has a metal "baby". Her name is "Millie 2", and while she cannot walk, she certainly goes wherever the team guides her.

"I have to program so the rover can move, can execute, like move left, move right," said student Victor Canas.

"We build the program, we wire it ourselves, we program it on a computer to do its topic," said teacher James Westmoreland.

This year, the topic in the upcoming tech challenge competition is "Ring It Up".

It will be this group's first competition of the year.

"Millie 2" only has one assignment- to carry rings from one side of a field to a tower on the other side. She can only do that with teamwork.

"I feel that we can do it. With a lot of hard work and enthusiasm, I think we can really succeed," said student Shayla Dickerson.

This is the type of confidence this group has for "Millie 2" now, and in the future. You could say these are die-hard engineers in the making, so they are already planning to improve upon the robot to enter her into an even larger spring competition.

However, there is one problem - lack of money.

"Entry fees. if my kids are able to be successful in this competition, they could possibly go to St. Louis in the end of March," said Westmoreland.

The students also need a larger place to make their robotic dreams come alive since the high school is under construction.

They say their plea for help is about winning, but not just a robotics competition. They hope their enthusiasm for creating and building new things will eventually prove to be a winning combination one day for the community.

"There are young people that are willing to take time, to take pride in what they do, and they want to compete, and they want to make this world a better place," said Canas.

If you would like to help the robotics team at Huguenot High, give the school a call at 320-7967.

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