About the Team
How We Started
We are the Lufkin Road Lightning Bots, a member of the Triangle Robotics League. Formed in 2015, the team is a group of students, mentors and sponsors who know it’s important to get kids interested in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based careers. Using student designed competition robotics, we learn valuable life skills such as communications, planning and cooperation.
It was created as an Engineering Extracurricular Activity for after school. Originally the team comprised of 1 robot at 6 students. The original robotics parts was donated to the school by EMC through a grant. In September 2015, the team received a grant from the Lufkin Road Middle School PTA to add an additional robot to the team. By October 2015, the team had expanded to 12 students, and 2 robots competing against high schools and middle schools in the Triangle Robotics League.
The team employs the Four C’s - Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking – into the experience. The Four C’s are integral to Wake County Public School’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan goal of balanced assessments for student learning. The students began from scratch, developing a purpose and a design for the robots they envisioned to compete with. This involves proper communication and collaboration from each team member. The team utilizes creativity and critical thinking to the engineering design process to develop a sound mechanical robot. As an example, the robot who qualified for the Worlds Championship has gone through 4 versions over the span of the past 7 months, each with several iterations. The team meets at least twice a week, and with each passing week and month, the design was refined or altered to develop the best competition robot possible.
During our first year in 2015-2016, our team was 1 of 4 teams in the State of North Carolina who qualified for VEX Worlds Tournament. We are the only Middle School in the State who qualified, and the only school team in Wake County who qualified, and who attended against 160 teams from across the globe.