Robotics and Engineering Youth

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Updated: 3/10 6:44 pm
        Zachary Fisher and the rest of the Bricks in Black robotics team could be the future of engineering in Chattanooga.
        "I've met so many friends through this whole time.  I've learned a whole lot. And just being able to have a great time being able to engineer a lot more," said Fisher.
        This group of homeschoolers' work is very impressive.
        Just ask members of the Chattanooga Engineer Club; they got a presentation of their design during their meeting.
         "Having college age students is one thing, but having the youth involved in engineering is crucial.  It could even be the make or break for cities going forward so having these kids here, having them excited, having them engaged in a project like this is awesome" said Chattanooga Chief Operating Officer Jeff Cannon.
        Their design was inspired from the April 2011 tornadoes.
        It's a truck called Edbot two that plows and clears through large debris, making way for emergency vehicles to help victims of severe weather.
        "We plan on going ahead and sharing this in the design challenge which they have in California just to go ahead and put our design and see if we could win with it and go ahead and start this design and actually patent it," said Fisher.
        They'll be the first group from Chattanooga to be invited to compete in a national engineering competition in Carlsbad, California.
        Their coach Labronda Champion says they have high hopes for Edbot.
        "Our team is working on really tweaking our robot and getting it in tip top shape to do really well," said Champion.
        For more on how you can help sponsor the team visit their site: http://www.bricksinblack.com
        
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