MARCH 14, 2018— Albany, GA— The 4C Academy Robotics team, the Commodores, is making final preparations for the Procter & Gamble FIRST Robotics district qualifying event to be held at the Albany Civic Center this weekend, March 16 and 17. This will be the second event for the 4C Academy team after an impressive showing at the Peachtree district qualifying event that was held in Gainesville, GA on March 3.
According to the team’s Co-coach and 4C Academy IT instructor, Darren Hagler, “The Commodores scored 32 district points during the match in Gainesville, Ga over the weekend, which places us approximately 15th in the state. This is a spectacular placing for a rookie team in their first event.” This score also earned The Commodores the Highest Rookie Seed award and positions the team competitively going into the second district qualifying event.
“If we perform at the Procter & Gamble event like we did in Gainesville, we are very likely to qualify for the State Championship being held April 6th,” Hagler explains. Each robotics team must compete in two district qualifying competitions; scores are combined to determine the top teams that will compete at the State level, then move on to the World Championship in Houston, Texas. This weekend’s event will be r will be held at the Albany Civic Center March 16th and 17th and is open to the public.
Commenting on the team’s success, Hagler continues, “Each team is given only six weeks to build their robot and become proficient in its operation. We are very fortunate the 4C Academy houses one of only four practice locations in the state with a full-size field and all field elements. Our team put in countless hours of practice to prepare. So, we were very comfortable going into our first competition.”
According to 4C Academy CEO, Chris Hatcher, “In addition to learning the technical aspect of robotics, our team members are also practicing their team-work, problem solving and management skills. I have been very impressed with our team’s outreach to encourage our area’s younger students to get involved with Robotics. They hosted several work sessions for elementary students and also helped put on the FIRST Lego League tournament that was held at Monroe High School earlier this year. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our rookie team and look forward to their continued successes.”
CEO, Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy
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The mission of the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy is to produce college and career ready graduates with relevant skills and education and exceptional work ethic who can compete and succeed in the real world. Our partners include local business and industry, the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College, Albany State University, the Albany/Dougherty Economic Development Commission, and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we have partnered with the Calhoun, Terrell and Baker County School Systems.