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Fort Payne High School has expanded to include

a FIRST Robotics team. 

The Gigawatts 7428 spend six weeks at the beginning of the year to build a 125 lb. robot that can compete on a basketball court size field.  The competition field sees a there versus three battle it out in a two minute 30 second match. This year's challenge was spaced theme.  Teams are on the planet Primus with an incoming sandstorm.  Robots have to load cargo and hatch panels onto a cargo ship or rocket ship before the sandstorm hits.  

In addition to the game, the students establish a non-profit business. They must establish fundraising, a business plan, and marketing for their robotics team. Students are judged based on their presentations of their team and the design aspects of their robot.  

Gigawatts competed at the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville against 55 teams from around the country, including one team from Brazil.  For two days the robot rushed to complete tasks in randomly selected alliances.  The Gigawatts found success by winning the Rookie Inspiration Award.  This award celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.