Brenau’s Kings Bay Campus Sponsors Local High School in Robotics Competition

Fred Mercier with the Brenau co-sponsored entry.
Fred Mercier with the Brenau co-sponsored entry.

Brenau’s Kings Bay campus and Valdosta State University’s Kings Bay Center recently co-sponsored the Camden County High School’s robotics team in the GeorgiaFIRST Georgia Southern Classic Regional robotics competition. FIRST, which stands “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, is an organization founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen. The 21 member Camden team is mentored by teacher Fred Mercier who teaches classes in architecture, engineering concepts, engineering applications, and digital electronics.

This regional event was held February 27 through March 1 in Perry, Georgia, at the Georgia National Fair Grounds. Camden finished in third place out of 42 teams from Georgia and surrounding states. According to the GeorgiaFIRST website, “In Georgia, 60 teams of high school age students participate in FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams come from all over Georgia, as well as other states and countries to compete each year in one of GeorgiaFIRST (FRC)regional events…. Our students are given an opportunity to work first hand with scientists, engineers, business leaders and technicians who serve as mentors to our teams. This real-world experience and the relationships they form within the community are beyond what the classroom is able to offer. We see our program as an extension to the learning experience.”

The organization’s mission states, “Our goal is to get kids excited about science and technology, have them attend one of our prestigious institutes of higher learning, and upon graduation, stay in Georgia for their careers. By doing this, we are able to ‘put Georgia first.’ Our best resource, our youth, contribute to the growth and sustainability of our innovative work force.”

Read more at http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2015-02-21/story/camden-county-high-students-ready-sixth-robotics-competition and visit the GeorgiaFirst website at http://gafirst.org/ to learn more.