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Western Albemarle Robotics Club Competing on National Stage

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An innovative program at Western Albemarle High School is heading to a competition on a national stage.

The school's Robotics Club was chosen to attend the Super Regional Competition which features teams from up and down the east coast.

It was the first robotics club in Albemarle County, and because of its efforts, the trend is spreading. The students' work has now sparked similar programs at seven different middle and high schools in the area.

The club features two teams, the Loose Screws and the Geek Gods. The Screws will be heading to super regionals after winning second runner-up in the state competition earlier this month.

Most of the students are seniors this year, and they are making sure their legacy lives on after they graduate.

“This year we're actually piloting a robotics course for our school and next year it should be integrated fully into the curriculum, and we're actually helping to design it, test it out,” said club president Andy Cohen.

“It's also a great reward that all the work that we've put in for the last three years is paying off, it's not just this year, and it's a great reward for the seniors,” said Lexy Payne. “Most of our team is seniors and they're leaving, and they're getting to leave with this great last experience, which I think is awesome.”

The club builds their robots themselves. They design pieces on the computer, print them on 3-D printers, then cast them in aluminum in their shop class.

The Loose Screws will be taking their robot "Loosey" to the super regionals in Pennsylvania April 3. From there they have a chance of advancing on to a global competition.

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