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2015 Fall Survival Robotic Competition

Filed in Competition, Featured by on January 24, 2016 0 Comments

The 2015 Fall Survival Robotics Competition was held at Wilkinson County Christian Academy on November 14, 2015. Sixty students from 2nd-12th grades from all over Mississippi attended. The “survival” theme encouraged everyone to dress in their best camouflage clothing. The events were designed to be a survival course where the students selected the “easy path” or the “difficult path”. The “completed “easy path” was awarded 10 points and a completed “difficult path” was as high as 100 points. The favorite of the day was the swinging bridge built as a suspension bridge with one suspension spring broken thus tilting the bridge. Our MC Mr Chris Brown was as brilliant and entertaining as in previous competitions.

Jackson STEM/Robotics Summer Camp

Filed in Camps, Featured by on June 14, 2015 0 Comments

Mississippi Robotics, in partnership with, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, hosted a SUMO Wrestling Robotics Camp and Competition with awards ceremony at the Jackson Medical Mall. The competition was the finale to the week-long summer camp for students in grades 5 – 9 with interests in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) areas.  Students came from around the Jackson MS area. 18 students total participated in the camp.  Students were taught the basics of building robots and how to connected and control them by their cell phones through blue tooth wireless technology.  Students were introduced to science and engineering college and career topics through video and guest speakers.

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation is a non-profit organization and management arm of the Jackson Medical Mall, based in Jackson, MS, that promotes health care and economic development, benefiting an underserved population in a designated revitalization district.

The camp students built a SUMO wrestling robot from a LEGO NXT robot kit. Each student  had time to enhance their robot for strength and agility. Each robot was controlled from a cell phone using wireless bluetooth technology and downloadable apps.  On the last day, Friday the 12th from 1-3pm, a SUMO Wrestling competition was held at the Mall Center-stage with the students being judged in 7 categories; straight sprint speed, obstacle speed, math, science, most creative, SUMO tournament, and Overall.  Every student earned one or more ribbons.

New Opportunity. New Coach.

Filed in Featured by on July 15, 2014 0 Comments

{This article courtesy of Cary Christian Center, Cary MS} Hidden talent is only hidden until timing and opportunity meet and come together. I believe God gave us all talents to use for kingdom work. Now, would He then turn and hide them from us? I don’t believe so. Bryant’s story is proof that when these two components come together only God himself knows the outcome. Romans 12:4-8

It was only three months ago when Bryant, a thirty-three-year-old young man who regularly visited the Center for no particular reason — “just hanging out,” as they say—was asked by a member of the Cary Christian Center staff if he would like to help out with the Robotics team. Bryant asked the same question I had asked two years earlier, “What is Robotics?” I explained to him what it was and the reason why we were using it to invest into our children.

That day, timing and opportunity came together for Bryant and he was on board. Clearly none of us knew,
including Bryant, that this amazing talent of working with children and electronics was just beneath his surface. Bryant agreed, and he soon learned that he had been given some “natural” abilities and hidden talents to make a difference in children’s lives.

“I was asked a year and a half ago if I wanted to help out with the team. I didn’t know what robotics was. So when I was asked again, I made a decision to come aboard and help the kids. I’m good with my hands and enjoy building stuff, so here I am. Of course, I like children and I believe I can relate,”
Bryant said.

A month ago Bryant accompanied his small robotics team to participate in the First Annual Rural Mississippi Robotics Competition. His team came in first place, and he is now known as the “coach.” The three students that participated in the competition are also realizing that they, too, have hidden talents, gifts and untapped interests just beneath their surface. Because of this experience, they are learning and excelling in math, science, technology, and even engineering.

Bryant has never had any formal training in programming, but he is now taking a programming class online. He is now radiant and bursting with energy and a new found purpose for living. He has agreed to be mentored by an electrical engineer to gain more hands on experiences, thereby increasing his capacity so he can use this knowledge to help more children in the field of electronics and robotics.

When time and opportunity came together for Bryant, it provided a definite way for him to give back to this ministry. As he said, “I’m here now, this is what I want to do.” Bryant’s decision to help others had a positive effect on his own life. His life is back on track now!

How about you? Will you make a decision today to pray for Cary Christian Center? Will you decide today according to your ability to help financially to support this ministry? Thank you for your prayers and thoughtful consideration and support. With your help we will continue to have a role to play in transforming lives for the Lord’s Kingdom.

Cary Christian Center Robotics

Filed in Cary, Featured, Partners by on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

aerialMinistry Partner of Mississippi Robotics, Cary Christian Center (CCC) is located in the Mississippi Delta region. The Delta region is considered one of the lowest income areas in Mississippi. Cary Christian Center is a multi-faceted ministry reaching out to many families across the south Delta region. CCC is in their 2nd year of teaching robotics and has a high school competition team as well as a 4th – 12th grade robotics class.

Cary Christian Center is located in the southern part of the Mississippi Delta region. The Delta region is considered to be one of the poorest areas of the state as well as the United States. Cary, MS has a population of 303 with the medium per capita income of $12,638. The local high school, South Delta High School,  is located north of Cary about 10 miles in the town of Rolling Fork.

The most common occupations in Cary are:

  • Farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (9%)CYMERA_20140113_154114
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
Here is a video about Cary Christian Center and its impact on the Delta region. Cary Christian in partnership with Mississippi Robotics are striving to produce regular scientists and engineers, some of which have not been seen in over 15 years.
Here are some pictures of Cary’s Robotics classes and team.
http://www.carychristiancenter.org/robotics.htm
Mississippi Robotics