BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – West Fannin Elementary School (WFES) continues toward its goals of becoming top notch in the areas of science and math.
WFES is slated to become certified this year as an official STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school in the state of Georgia.
In keeping with progresses made in the field of science and engineering, WFES formed its first ever robotics team.
WFES Principal Lucas Roof spoke of this new team at the January Board of Education meeting. “This is something that when I was honored and lucky enough to become the principal at West Fannin, one of the goals was to have a competitive robotics team that could go out and compete,” Roof said.
The WFES robotics team, RoboDoctors, participated in their first competition, held at Union County High School, on Saturday, Dec. 16.
The RoboDoctors team was named as a tribute to Roof’s late father, Dr. Jack B. Roof Jr.
Dr. Roof was a beloved physician whose practice at Fannin Regional Hospital served residents of our area for 26 years.
“It’s kind of touching for me too,” Roof explained,”because Kim Patterson and Milly Rice, they’re sponsors of this team and they did that as a tribute to my dad.”
The tribute doesn’t end with the name RoboDoctors. “One of the things he would always say is be nice and work hard, work hard and be nice to people,” Roof stated, “so they put that as their logo.”
The RoboDoctors scored a respectful amount of points and were awarded a first-place trophy in the category of Core Values. The Core Values Award goes to the team who embodies teamwork, inspiration and gracious professionalism.
“It is a very challenging award to win, and especially for a team that this was their first ever competition,” Roof beamed about the progress of the team. “To win that award, that was very exciting.”
Speaking of the future of the RoboDoctors at WFES, Roof stated, “The goal is to have two competitions a year.”
The two coaches, Kim Patterson and Milly Rice, could not be more proud of these robotics students.
Featured Image : Winning the Core Values Award: Jaclyn Cracknell, Keton Wilson, Matthew Ponton, Emily Dickey, Reid Hilton, Bryce Mitchell and Jaime Russell.
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