Meet Johnny 109, because one Auburn-inspired victory in grade school science fair innovation deserves another.
After seeing our post on the Toomer’s Corner Power Roller that captured hearts last week at Ogletree Elementary, Mike Brill wrote us about his 13-year-old daughter Lauren’s gift to gadgetry:
My daughter’s 8th grade science fair project this year was to program a robot to autonomously complete a task. Lauren decided to have “Rob” recreate the Kick 6 from the 2013 Iron Bowl. We were at the game as a family that night and it is one of our fondest memories. She learned how to write a program to make the robot back up to the end zone, rotate the arm to grab the ball, follow a line on the field to recreate the run, and then do a celebration after scoring. She used the school’s VEX EDR robot she helped build for a competition last year and developed a software program to complete the task. She ensured the timing was set to mirror the radio call of the play. Lauren ended up getting first place in the Greenbrier Middle School (Evans, Ga.) science fair competition and won an honorable mention at the CSRA (Combined Savanna River area) regional competition this weekend in Aiken, South Carolina.
Of course there’s video.