Mobile County Schools
Principal, Mr. David Diaz
Superintendent, Mr. Chresal Threadgill
Industry collaboration and financial backing allowed Katherine Hankins Middle School to create its Robotics program which includes a state-of-the-art classroom consisting of Vex Robotics, 3D printers, computer science technology, computer-aided drafting software, an engineering area, and a challenge arena. Through industry partnerships, Hankins also added drone purchases and a construction room which safely houses a drill press, band saws, drills, and hand tools. During daily robotics class rotations, students used design software to plan and construct robots, create video games complete with 3D images of game pieces and characters, and fly drones. With this enhanced technology, students were given two real-world problems to solve. Tasked with investigating the numerous types of plastic pollutants located within the five ocean gyres, students created a robot that could remove the debris and sort plastics for recycling. Robots were required to travel a suspended board located five foot off the floor without falling off, collect debris from a circle-shaped basket resembling an ocean gyre, and sort the plastics for recycling. Secondly, students programmed robots to construct an airplane. The robot had to assemble and align four pre-constructed plane pieces, take it to the runway, lift it five feet, and attach it to a suspended magnet. Robots were advertised using student-created HTML web pages and showcased at the Jubilee Best Robotics competition.