Local High School Robotics Team Wins Chairman’s Award

First row: Gabe Willis (Smithfield-Selma High School). Second row: Rebekah Jenkins (Smithfield-Selma High School), Ethan Carroll (Home School), Colby Fletcher (Smithfield-Selma High School), Kaylee Myer (Smithfield-Selma High School), Anna Blackmon (Smithfield-Selma High School), James Atkisson (Smithfield-Selma High School), Georgia Will (Neuse Charter School). Third row: Josh Williams (Smithfield-Selma High School), Megan Stoneman (Smithfield-Selma High School), Sebastian Garrett (Smithfield-Selma High School), Judah Jenkins (Smithfield-Selma High School), Sam Lee (Neuse Charter School), Joseph Evans (Smithfield-Selma High School), Dante Dextre’ (Smithfield-Selma High School), Bennett Nascimento (Cleveland High School), Martin V (West Johnston High School), Brandon Rice (Smithfield-Selma High School)

On April 27th, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 6004, called f(x) Robotics, won the top prestigious Chairman’s Award at a district FIRST Robotics Competition tournament.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school competition in which each team designs, builds, and programs a robot using a common set of parts.  The teams then compete to see which robot is most effective at performing set tasks.

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in this competition.  The Chairman’s Award at each district event honors the team that promotes (STEM) on the robot field as well as within their community. These teams act as ambassadors for the program and help motivate high school students around the world to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The f(x) Robotics team was slated to compete at the FIRST North Carolina District Guilford County Event in March but was unable due to the coronavirus. Per competition guidelines, the team had already submitted their Chairman’s paperwork and video in February making them eligible for awards throughout the robotics season.

The f(x) Robotics team is sponsored by and located at the Smithfield-Selma High School campus. The team is composed of students from various high schools located within the county with the bulk of the team attending SSS.