Duke Energy supports Marion County robotics team

January 19, 2019

MARION, S.C. – Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager Mindy Taylor presented a $4,700 donation to the Marion County FIRST Robotics1051 at the Academy for Careers and Technology Friday. Coaches Dan Farrow and Jack Roach are guiding the team for the 17th year to the upcoming Palmetto Regional competition in Myrtle Beach.

Marion County School District Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea said Duke Energy is always supportive of the program.

“Anything dealing with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, that we can expose our students, we welcome the support,” she said “We commend the center here for exposing our students to this type of curriculum.”

ACT Director Darrell Jameson said he was thankful to Duke Energy and the longtime coaches.

“They have been there a long time and we absolutely thank them for their support,” he said.

Taylor called it an incredible program.

“We’re glad to support and it’s a program that exposes students to Science and Math and something people are not aware of are that so many girls are on this team.”

Farrow said eight girls are on the 10-member team.

“They’re majority ninth and tenth graders too,” he said.

Roach said Johnakin Middle School students participating in Lego league played a key role in building the team.

The team will compete at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center regional event on Feb. 28 featuring up to 64 teams.

Students spend hours preparing for several weeks learning trigonometry.

“It takes a lot of time and energy,” Roach said.

The Marion County FIRST Robotics team won in 2005.

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