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Greenville High School Robotics Team Receives 800-Pound Robot Donation from DFW Airport Police

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The renowned Greenville High School robotics team, known as "The Robowranglers," received a surprising and substantial donation on Wednesday afternoon. Officers Antonio Payton and Tom Scarabelli, representing the DFW Airport Police Department, delivered an 800-pound retired bomb-defusal robot named Wolverine to the eager students. The donation aims to promote hands-on learning and innovation among the young minds of the Robowranglers.

Excitement filled the Robowranglers' room as officers Payton and Scarabelli unloaded the massive robot from their trailer. Students gathered around to explore their latest addition to the learning arsenal. In addition to the robot itself, the team received various attachments, controllers, and more. Officer Payton took the time to explain the robot's intricate details, highlighting its build quality, size, and capabilities.

Officer Scarabelli expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "I think it's great that it's getting into the hands of young people who can shape the future of robotics for generations to come."

When asked about the insights the Wolverine robot could provide for their competition robots, Robowrangler and GHS junior Rhett Maner said, "One thing we have never tested in FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) is a 4-degree articulating robot with 4 different joints. I'd love to incorporate that into our robot, and I'm excited to see how it works." The Wolverine robot is designed to maneuver, lift, and navigate both large and small spaces, offering valuable insights and applications for their competition entries.

Corey Bankston, the robotics coach and teacher at Greenville High School, emphasized the significance of this special donation for all his students, regardless of their participation in the competition team. "I can use this in just about every single class of mine. It takes every aspect of our different curriculums and brings it all together." The impact extends beyond the classroom, allowing students to witness a real-world, industry-oriented approach to robotics, covering areas like engineering, design, mechanics, and more. Maner underlined this perspective, saying, "It brings an entirely different outlook on new jobs and opportunities that come with robotics."

In a gesture of gratitude, The Robowranglers presented both officers with a special "Team 148" coin and expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the donation. Robowrangler and GHS senior Jace Franklin conveyed their thanks, saying, "Coming from our entire team, this is a huge blessing. Thank you for allowing us to have this opportunity to continue to learn more." Coach Bankston closed with a final word of appreciation, saying, "We appreciate it beyond belief. This is just one more way the community is helping our students learn and grow."

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