Posted Date: 09/29/2020
Perryton Junior High launched a new Robotics program for the 2020-21 school year and several key donations have catapulted the program into high gear with state of the art equipment on its way.
On Monday, September 28th, Zeb Talley with Phillips 66 in Tulsa announced a $5,278 Phillps 66 Philanthropy donation to the Perryton Junior High robotics team, WOT Robotics. “On behalf of Phillips 66 we are happy to present the donation to the PJH Robotics Class,” Talley said. “Major pipelines run just south of Perryton and historically have had a major impact on the oil and gas industry in the area. Phillips core values are Safety, Honor and Commitment, and part of this commitment is in being a good neighbor and contributing to the communities.”
Earlier in the year, the class had a team name and logo competition and selected WOT Robotics, an acronym for Wizards of Technology. The 8 boys on the team can be found most days during their lunch periods, between classes of after school in the Robotics lab working on their projects.
““Our school and our team are so thankful and appreciative of the Phillips gift,” said PJH Robotics teacher and coach Sandy Woods. “We started the new without a budget and without the EV3’s and this donation is putting new robots in the hands of every team member, as well as making it possible to have more robotic equipment for use in PJH Technology Applications classes. It is a dream come true!”
In addition, last week four new EV3’s were loaned to the WOT team for the current school year by the Liberal Air Museum. “The Air Museum has a long-standing tradition of leading area robotics competitions, mentoring new programs and offering summer camps for youth interested in robotics,” said Woods. “They have been a huge help to us, and through a scholarship program there we were able to have our First Lego League 2020-21 competition registration and kit fees paid.”
Also on September 28th Norma Green, Public Relations Representative for PTCI in Guymon announced a $250 donation to WOT Robotics to help buy hats for their upcoming robotics competitions. The team will be competing in the Texas Computer Education Association Robotics Contest in February, and the First Lego League’s competition.