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West Forsyth fares well at robotics tournament
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Forsyth County News

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Two robotics teams from West Forsyth High School took home top honors at a recent regional competition.

The teams advanced through the Georgia TSA and VEX Robotics event, facing each other in the finals.

In the end, team 1235A won the first place trophy and team 1235B received second place honors.

VEX Robotics is the world’s largest robotics program, offering both co-curricular and extracurricular programs for middle school, high school and college students.

Through the program, students learn mechanical, electrical and real-time programming skills while building competition robots. TSA, or the Technology Student Association, promotes technology and helps students develop leadership skills.

David Johnson, team coach and career tech teacher at West Forsyth, said in a statement that robotics has had “a huge impact on our students.”

“Robotics is a great way for the students to learn math, physics, science and technology and at the same time learn marketing, business, finance and public speaking skills,” he said. “And it is so much fun that they don’t even know they are doing it.”

By winning the tournament, West Forsyth has been invited to compete in the VEX Robotics World championships, which features 400 teams from around the world.

The school also recently won a slot at the South’s BEST robotics competition in Auburn, Ala.

West is a member of the Forsyth Alliance, a community of more than 50 robotics teams in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county.

The alliance is sponsored and mentored by Automation Direct, a direct reseller of factory automation equipment in Cumming.