APRIL 4, 2018— Albany, GA— The Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) Robotics team, the Commodores, will represent the 4C Academy this weekend at the FIRST Robotics State Championship competition in Athens, Georgia.
After an outstanding performance at the Procter & Gamble FIRST Robotics district qualifying event held at the Albany Civic Center last month, the Commodores earned their seat in the Championship event and were awarded the title of Rookie All-Star Team, which is presented to the rookie team that best exemplifies the mission of FIRST Robotics.
Currently, the Commodores rank 18th in the State. According to the team’s Co-coach and 4C Academy IT instructor, Darren Hagler, “The Commodores have done an exceptional job this year, especially considering their rookie status. If we perform at the State Championships like we did in the Procter & Gamble event in Albany, we are very likely to qualify for the World competition being held in Houston, Texas April 18th through 21st.”
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 the district competitions and feel very prepared for the State level.”
According to 4C Academy CEO, Chris Hatcher, “In addition to learning the technical aspects of building and programing robots, 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
About 4C Academy:
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.