Category Archives: Engineering Academy

Pawbotics Participates in the Atlanta Science Festival

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It was a cold and windy day on Saturday, but that did not stop the throngs of people interested in Science and Technology from coming out to Centennial Olympic Park for the Atlanta Science Festival. There were hundreds of presenters at the festival: small independent organizations, colleges, high schools, and small and large corporations.  The subject matter was also diverse: biology, chemistry, mechatronics, physics, energy,  and makers clubs. In the midst of all of this sat booth 116, sponsored by CEISMC and Pawbotics (Griffin High’s robotics team).

Pawbotics created a hungry hungry robots game, similar to Hungry Hungry Hipos, only that the hippo was a robot. Participants were allowed to drive the robot for 45 seconds to try and collect as many balls as possible and try for a new high score. The balls were different colors and each color represented a different point value. Additionally there was an obstacle course, designed and created by CEISMC, where participants were able to drive a robot through an obstacle course, Robodash, in an effort to achieve the fastest time. Thanks to the AMP-IT-UP grant, a partnership with NSF, Georgia Tech and Griffin-Spalding County Schools, the entire event was free for all participants. Once the event started participants were constantly gathered to try to compete for high scores.
If you missed all the fun at the Atlanta Science Festival, do not worry Hungry Hungry Robots and Robodash will be at the Great May Fling at the Griffin City Park the last weekend in April. Come on out and be part of the fun!
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SkillsUSA State Competition

SkillsUSA State Competition, Ronnie Ross 1st Place Gold Metal Winner, Electrical Construction Wiring.  Ross will compete in the National Leadership and Skills Conference, Monday, June 23 – Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Daniel Girvin competed in Masonry, and Richard Carr competed in Plumbing.  They did not place, but they did an outstanding job representing Griffin High School.

Special thanks to the teachers, parents, administrators, Debbie Christian, Ashley Crawford, and Justin Anderson (Advisory Board Member).  I would also like to thank all the people Ross work with in the Work Base Learning program.

Ronnie Ross: State Champion 2013 & 2014.

Tyler Hendrix Wins Gold Medal at SkillsUSA State Competition

During the SkillsUSA State competition, March 15-17, 2012, Griffin High School students represented their school very well through their professionalism and skills.  Griffin High School had two-students to compete.  Stanley Laster competed in Masonry along with twenty-seven other contestants/schools, and Tyler Hendrix competed in Carpentry along with twenty-three other contestants/schools.  Laster did not place in Masonry but based on my professional opinion he was in the top five.  Tyler Hendrix, 1st Place, Gold Medal winner will go on to compete in the 48th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, Saturday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

After the awards ceremony, Tyler received some very nice carpentry tools, and he stated to Mr. Preston, “This is the first time I have won something like this; I am the best carpenter in the state of Georgia.”  Mr. Preston stated, “Yes you are and you will go on to represent the state of Georgia at the Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri.”  If you have seen the look on this young mans face you will realize why I do what I do.  I love my job.  Tyler’s final remark to me was how can I afford to eat for a whole week in Kansas City.  He was told not to worry about that.

Tyler Hendrix








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GHS students place in SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition

Skills USA students with medals

On Friday, February 10, 2012, during the SkillsUSA Region 5 competition, Griffin High School students represented their school very well through their professionalism and skills. Griffin High School had four students to compete in Masonry, Carpentry, Residential Plumbing, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Griffin High School received four-medals. Stanley Laster, gold metal winner, first placed in Masonry, Tyler Hendrix, gold metal winner, first place in Carpentry, Gregory Boyd, bronze metal winner, third place in Residential Plumbing, and Cody Pyle, bronze metal winner, third place in Extemporaneous Speaking.

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GHS Hosts Its First Academy Fair


Thursday, January 26, Griffin High School held its first Academy Fair.  The purpose of the fair was to showcase each career academy and its electives.  Griffin High’s Freshman Academy as well as eigth grade students from Cowan Road, Carver Road, and Kennedy Road Middle Schools were able to learn about their elective options from student representatives.  Griffin High School counselors will be conducting on-site registration at the middle schools the week of Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 and at Griffin High from Feb. 6- 17.

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GHS’ Engineering Academy is hard at work!

See what our Engineering Academy has been doing lately with these newly added videos:

Click ‘Academies’ then ‘Engineering’ or here:
Ballon Hover Craft

Click ‘Activities’ then ‘Robotics’ or here: