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Whale Branch Early College High helps win state robotics championship

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

They came in as underdogs and emerged as state champions.

Two Beaufort County schools are part of a robotics team that won the inaugural 2014 VEX Robotics Championship this past weekend.

Meet the RoboWarriors of Whale Branch Early College High School.

The RoboWarriors only had a few weeks to build their robot for the state competition. Thanks to some quick thinking strategy and a lot of teamwork, they were able to take home first place.

It may look like chaos but there is an objective to the game.  

"The objective is to get all the little balls to the cylinders depending on what color you are. If you're blue, you get all the little blue balls, you try your best to get any of the big balls over on that side if you can," said co-captain Da'Shawn Smith.

Known as The RoboWarriors, the eight students in this Robotics CLUB learned to build their robots just by watching YouTube videos and reading about it.

They competed for the very first time last month at Bluffton High School‘s regional robotics competition.

The RoboWarriors failed to qualify, but luckily, they received an invitation to compete at the state level.

"When we came home from Bluffton, they totally rebuilt, redesigned the robot," said coach Tammy Vaught.

And they did it all within a month. One of the group members even programmed their Wonderbot.

"We were definitely underdogs," said Vaught.  

After several rounds of competition, the RoboWarriors ranked among the top 10.  

They formed an alliance with Bluffton High School and Palmetto Scholars Academy in northern Charleston and fought their way up to first place.   

"This is the trophy that we won at VEX, I don't know, I'm kind of speechless knowing that we won. It's, it's really rewarding," added co-captain Geordy Delcid.  

Now state champions, they said the only thing they wish for now is that this could be a class rather than just a club.

The group will now build a second robot for another state competition coming up next month.

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