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Robotics team headed to Detroit, if $15,200 cost can be covered

South Boston News / April 16, 2018
The Halifax County High School Robotics Team has been invited to participate in the World Championship in Detroit, Michigan next week.

According to Debra Woltz, Career and Technical Education coordinator, the contest will take place Wednesday, April 25, to Saturday, April 28.

“This a huge honor and opportunity for the team which has contributed countless hours to designing, building and programming a robot to perform a specified set of tasks.

“But, this is a huge expense that the school cannot afford on its own.” As a result, she is seeking private contributions from individuals and businesses.

Woltz estimated expenses of $15,199.70 to send the 14 student members of the Comet robotics team and their four chaperones to the event. She said the school has arranged to rent three SUVs from Enterprise to make the 11-hour drive to Michigan at a cost of $1991.70, plus another $600 in gas expense.

She said they will need to rent six hotel rooms for the team and chaperone at a cost of $3,008, plus a meal allowance of $3,600. Registration for the competition costs $5,000 with another $1,000 cost of shipping the robot to Michigan.

“We only received the invitation to compete in the championship late last week and that has not given us much time to come up with the money,” she said.

Anyone who would likely to make a donation may make a check out to Halifax County High School Robotics and mailed it out to Halifax County High School, P. O. Box 310, South Boston, Va. 24592. Or anyone needing more information may call Woltz at (434)575-2013 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

She noted that Cometbot Team #977 can be followed on their Facebook page where there will be a link to live coverage of all the competition.

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