March 20, 2017

East Cobb Robotics qualifies for slot at FIRST Robotics State Championship in Athens, Georgia

 Marietta, GA, March 20, 2017 —East Cobb Robotics FRC Team 4910 were the captains of the winning alliance at the FIRST® Peachtree District Columbus Qualifier held at Columbus State University this past weekend. In addition to the team winning the competition, they were awarded the coveted Engineering Inspiration Award which recognizes outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s organization and community. Based on these two achievements, the team has earned a slot at the State Competition in Athens, Georgia in April.

This year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) competition is named STEAMWORKS which plays off the acronym STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and features a “steampunk” theme. The team chose to embrace the theme in its entirety, from dressing in costume to designing their robot with polished aluminum and copper accents, and a porthole. The robot is named “Joules Verne” which gives a nod to the unit of energy (joule) and author Jules Verne who wrote such classics as 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days.

“Not only have we built a quality robot, but we have also built good humans along the way”, says Lisa Hatch, team coach and mentor. “Our students continually strive to be their best and to uplift those around them while sharing the message that STEAM is a pathway to future success. We are more than just robots however, providing great opportunities for students interested in marketing, writing, community service, and entrepreneurship.”

The East Cobb Robotics Team is comprised of members from Pope High School and Walton High School in Cobb County, home school students and Virtual Academy students.

Recruiting efforts for next year’s team are underway. For more information about East Cobb Robotics or for information on how to join the team, visit:

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.