Student Success— ThunderBrains win Innovative Project Design

RALEIGH COUNTY – Raleigh County’s own ThunderBrains Robotics Team, a Southern West Virginia Robotics Club sponsored middle school team won the Project- Innovative Solution Award at the West Virginia First Lego League State Championship held on December 2, 2017 at Farimont State University.

The FLL Tournament consisted of 56 teams competing 4 different categories: Robot Design, Robot Performance, Project and Core Values. Their project was a pH probe, an independently running sensor using a raspberry pi, reporting pH readings and GPS locations to an online cloud file as it floats down a stream or river.

Our team partnered with Piney Creek Watershed Association to brainstorm ideas for this year’s challenge for First LEGO League Competition in Hydrodynamics.

RepresentIves from Beckley Sanitary Board also offered further feedback on the project and our next step is to look at a patent application! The Thunderbrains robot also placed 13th in the robot performance category.

We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our coaches, mentor Jim Higgins, and WVSU for the practice space. If you see one of these young men, give him a pat on the back for a wonderful idea And a good year of gracious professionalism and coopertition. Way to go, ThunderBrains!

Students pictured in photo are front row, left to right, Theron Brown, Rahul Ilangovan, Mack Cooper, CJ Overbay, back row, left to right, Daegen Miller-Frost, Samuel Winant, and Joseph Winant. December 2, 2017, Fairmont State University

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