• 91°

MadRockers searching for practice, testing space

MADISON – With students from three schools, the robotics team that represents Madison City Schools is ‘homeless.’ The team hopes to find a practice space they can call ‘home.’

“The MadRockers Robotics Team has joint membership from James Clemens and Bob Jones high schools,” Coach Jonathan Bailey said. “Hexagon/Intergraph has allowed us to work in one of their facilities on Dunlop Boulevard for the last 10 years with a $0 lease.”

“However, they recently had to sell the building and procured a buyer who requested current tenants be given notice to move out. Therefore, we’re looking for a new home for the MadRockers,” Bailey said. Fortunately, “Huntsville Hospital has granted an extension until Oct. 31 for our current space.”

The team doesn’t have funds for an expensive lease. “We’re hoping to partner with a new sponsor who would lease space in return for advertisement for the business or organization as one of our main sponsors,” Bailey said.

MadRockers needs 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, preferably industrial space available until April 2020. The team needs to secure the space to protect their parts inventories.

The site needs to be inside or in proximity of Madison with electrical power, lighting and restrooms. The team will meet on nights and weekends.

Students who are at least 14 years old and satisfy attendance requirements can join the FIRST robotics competition team. One mission is to prepare students for careers in STEM. “We want to limit barriers and allow as many students as possible to benefit,” Bailey said.

To-date, 21 students are participating this semester — 9 from James Clemens, 12 from Bob Jones. Four girls and 17 boys have joined. Bailey expects many more students to join.

Since 2009, MadRockers has produced robots for both the BEST and FIRST robotics competitions. BEST engages students about STEM careers with project-based work using the Engineering Design Process.

Since 1989, FIRST has challenged students to apply their knowledge and strategic skills during STEM training. FIRST creates a culture of youth who recognize the joy of innovation and creation.

To comment, email jbailey@madisoncity.k12.al.us or visit rockers.enrog.com.

Bob Jones High School

CMSgt. Ellis Clark awarded title of Drill Master

Events

Huntsville Botanical Garden and UAH partner for Shakespeare in the Garden

Madison

Chess league honors Epling as ‘Coach of the Year’

Harvest

Luna Koi to bring its vibe to ‘Sounds of Summer’

Bob Jones High School

Seeing students as rewards, Word selected Midtown’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Huntsville

Pre-K Center selects Parameswaran as top teacher

Discovery Middle School

Robotics team, Say Watt!?!, takes FIRST LEGO awards in California

Harvest

TARCOG lands $1.5-million grant from EPA for cleanup

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mental Skills Coach Assists Team To National Championship Game- Roger Kitchen Builds Character

Bob Jones High School

Journey welcomes Ben Smith as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Madison

Chandrakasem, Koswoski excel in DAR essay contests

Harvest

American Legion, VFW to retire flags on Flag Day

Madison

Stundtner proves skills as Midtown’s ‘Staff Member of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Guo, Mysore, Saha dominate awards at regional, state science fairs

Harvest

Madison Hospital names Brandon Jones ‘Employee of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

MCS to present ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ sessions

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 12, 2024

Events

Annual Juneteenth Festival returns to Big Spring Park Saturday

Bob Jones High School

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

Harvest

Low-key races (on foot and couch) pivotal for Rotary’s ‘Parrots 0.5K’

Bob Jones High School

Mill Creek names Deberry as outstanding staff employee

Bob Jones High School

Madison Public Library readies for Summer Reading experience

James Clemens High School

Moore honored as ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at James Clemens

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to honor D-Day’s 80th anniversary

x