CO:bots Students Invited to Smithsonian & Google Competitions

CO:bots Students Invited to Smithsonian & Google Competitions

Every Thursday night CO:bots students meet in the event space of theCO to practice building and operating their VEX Robots. At a glance, one might never know that the kids quietly tinkering and constructing in the back of the building are actually engineering some of the finest robots in the area and offer some fierce competition for other VEX students.

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Two Students Representing Jackson in International Robot Competition

Two Students Representing Jackson in International Robot Competition

Of the 1,500 students from all across the world who will be descending on Louisville, Kentucky, for an international robotics competition later this month, two young robot-makers will be representing Jackson, Tennessee.

Ben McCarver, a homeschool freshman, and Joshua Bernheisel, a seventh grader from a Northeast Middle School, managed to beat approximately 170 students in Tennessee to take the robots they designed in CO:bots to compete with some of the best student roboticists from all of the world, from the Middle East to Australia to South America.

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Ben McCarver’s VEX Competition Experience

Ben McCarver’s VEX Competition Experience

Ben McCarver found love at first sight after attending a robotics meetup at theCO last October.

Kabao McCarver, mother of Ben McCarver, took note of Ben’s interest in engineering from an early age. 

“Ben was inclined to all things engineering from an early age. Before he could walk, he was trying to figure out how things fit together, mostly by first tearing them apart,” Kabao explained. “His involvement in robotics gave him the ability to express his interests in a new way.

“He kept the name, Ben the Destroyer, until a few years ago when it seemed like overnight he went from ‘breaking’ everything, and all of the sudden he was the one we called on to fix everything.”

Soon, after only days of robotics experience, Ben entered the VEX Robotics State Championship Competition held in Brentwood, Tennessee, against his mother’s wishes.

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