Young Engineers at Jenkins High School Prepare for State Competition


SAVANNAH, GA (WSAV) – Students at Jenkins high are preparing to show some of their brightest robotic engineers in March.

The robot build is a part of the program for inspiring and recognizing science and technology. Jenkins high, for four years, has gone to state battles that show off the smarts of aspiring engineers.

“Every year we keep getting bigger and better and we keep adding things that we didn’t do the first year,” says team supervisor and Jenkins High engineering teacher Thomas Maty.

For six weeks, STEM students have clocked dozens of hours after school calculating and putting it all together. Each day is a learning experience.

“We really do apply this in the real world because that’s what a lot of people want to see instead of always in the classroom just doing something not knowing how it applies to the real world,” says James Hazzard.

Senior James Hazzard leads the team to his third and final robot challenge. Hazzard studies engineering at Jenkins and plans to enroll at Georgia Tech next fall where he plans to stand out.

“I know I have a leg up on a lot of other people that are going to Georgia Tech for engineering purposes they have never done this sort of thing,” he adds.

Hazzard alongside his classmates take in more than competing but also the teamwork and schooling needed to put the wheels of creativity in motion.

“The thought of going from nothing to something, putting in all the work and knowing that okay I did this and not somebody else, you have pride in what you do.”

The team will head to their first competition in march 10th in Columbus, Georgia.

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