Robotics Team, Bluffton Middle School

Students on the Bluffton Middle School robotics team are feeling good about their chances in next month’s state competition.  They designed and built a “Gro-Bot,” or grocery robot, which is engineered to help senior citizens move groceries from the cars into their kitchens.  The “Gro-bot” won first place during a recent qualifying event at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College that drew 12 teams from across South Carolina .  Student teams had to design and build a robot that might improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent and connected to their communities.  Coach Angela Gadsden-Wright calls her team a Cinderella story.  “We had never competed before, we entered the competition season late, and we didn’t know what to expect,” she said.  “But I had faith in my kids, and they had faith in each other, and in the end that made the difference.”


The six students who competed in Orangeburg were, from left to right: Matthew McDonnell, Shawn Sherman, Ronald Reid, Carter Mayer, Matthew Lance and Adelynn Helms (team captain).