Success Stories:

  • Mentoring.Over the past 26 years, Mrs. Doris Bonaby (Program Director & Robotics Instructor) has enjoyed assisting people to use technology. However her “true” passion has always been  to teach and work with young people, to inspire and ignite in them a love of technology. As the young people that she has mentored, graduate and move on with their lives, a great majority return and share their success stories with her. It warms her heart to hear about their careers and pursuits. Doris is very thankful for these connections and lifelong relationships. She is also extremely proud of the IT Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Scientists, Innovators and Inventors her former students have become. From the very beginning Mrs. Bonaby made it their goal to work with young people, by developing a Community Outreach program to inspire young people  to dream big and also to develop an interest in robotics.
  • 2012 – 2013 Competition Robotics Team:
  • THE TEAM IS GOING TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AGAIN THIS YEAR on March 2nd @ Southern Polytechnic State University.
  • Team Coach: Mrs. Doris Bonaby continues to coach, in her opinion, the “best” High School Robotics Team in the world! Mr. Bonaby designed, developed and implemented a unique robotics team platform that yields results.  She uses her platform when coaching the local high school team on a daily basis. Coaching Robotics is fun… she is still having FUN!
  • Team Mentors: Mrs. Bonaby is always networking and looking for resources and mentors as the team continues their team journey as well. This year, she solicited assistance from local engineering and carpentry mentors in the area.
  • 2012-2013 Team : AWESOME local high school twenty-one member strong. (19 males and 2 females). The team has grown from 13 to 21 this year! During the course of the semester, several strong leaders have emerged.
  • Accomplishments:
    • January 19, 2013 – 2nd Place Alliance at Wheeler High School Qualifier. Unfortunately only the 1st Place Alliance Captain is awarded a seed to the State of Georgia Competion. We are hoping to attend another qualifier and possibly earn a seed..there is still time!
    • Feb. 9, 2013
      • Competition was truly fierce as 18 teams fought for the opportunity to earn a spot to attend the State Championship.
      • The team won the highest award of the night at the Best Academy Qualifier, the “INSPIRE” Award! The INSPIRE Award is more prestigious than the robot game. It is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role model’ FIRST Tech Challenge Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team understands how to communicate their experiences and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the judges. Winning this award automatically earns your team a invitation to state. A definite Honor!
      • The team earned placed 2nd in the Robot Game (18 teams participated) and was nominated for several awards: Rockwell Collins Award, Motivate Award, Think Award, etc.
        Note: State competitions will be held March 2nd. If we receive 1st or 2nd place for the Inspire Award or the robot game, we will advance to world competitions

  • 2011 – 2012 Competition Robotics Team:
    • Team Coach: Mrs. Doris Bonaby is the current coach of a local High School Robotics Team. Coaching Robotics is a thrill and a dream come true for her. If you’ve ever seen her in action, then you know she’s a natural at this!
    • Team Mentor: Dr. Sidney Rabsatt is the Engineering Mentor for the team. Dr. Rabsatt has received numerous honors and awards as a robotics coach and mentor himself.
    • Team : AWESOME local high school thirteen member team. (12 males and 1 female). The team works exceptionally well together and supports each other. The team focuses on developing student leaders. The team members consider themselves to be a family. Core values such as “Gracious Professionalism” is the order of the day and reigns supreme at every team meeting. The 2011 – 2012 School Year was the rookie year for the team and for Mrs. Bonaby as the coach. Mid-way into the rookie year, the team qualified to attend their very first GA State Robotics Championship. This was a significant accomplishment for a newly created rookie team! The team was committed to the project and to each other. Committment, mutual respect and gracious professionalism, among other core values, kept the team united. The team worked hard and spent countless hours in the schools robotics lab designing, building, programming and testing their robot. The Principal of the High School was very supportive and provided the majority of the funds for the team for the 2011 – 2012 Rookie Year. Corporate Sponsor Home Depot – Loganville, GA allowed the team Coach to purchase engineering materials at a discounted price. The Business Education Department assisted the team with funding too. The team could not have achieved their goals with out the support of the booster club, parents, students, and the community as well.
    • 2011 – 2012 Team Awards & Honors:
      • Recipients of the 2012 State of Georgia PTC Design Award.The PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their robot design solution. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). The team must submit an Engineering Notebook with detailed robot design drawings, Robot differentiates itself from others. The design must be both aesthetic and functional. You must have a well thought out basis for the design (why i.e. inspiration, function, etc.) Only 1 team could receive this award, although 31 teams competed at the state competition.
      • Feb 2012 Qualifier – Winners of the “Think Award” This award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The team’s Engineering Notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest included those describing the steps, brainstorms, designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.
      • Finalist for the “Inspire Award” – State Championship (Top 3 teams). The Inspire Award is the most prestigious award, and is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the robotics program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The team that receives this award is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. Although we were not the recipients of this prestigious award, we were happy to have been nominated.

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