FEMA, Homeland Security assist North Clayton Middle robotics

JONESBORO — In preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 county and state robotics competitions, the Robo-Tigers robotics team at North Clayton Middle School was visited by Homeland Security this fall.

This year’s universal theme surrounding the robotics competitions is natural disasters. The students toured the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s fleet of emergency vehicles but also received firsthand information from FEMA’s disaster preparedness and readiness personnel.

Inspector Eddie Lane described the mission of the agency and how it supports the Department of Homeland Security. Students also got a look at FEMA’s emergency vehicle fleet.

Commander Palmerin Thomas impressed upon the students the importance of having a disaster emergency plan for their homes, school and community.

FEMA’s website for kids emphasizes that disasters can happen to anyone and so it takes everyone to help prepare. Its universal theme is, “Build a plan, Make an emergency preparedness kit and Stay informed”.

At the conclusion of the visit, the robotics team of North Clayton Middle invited the FEMA team to tour its Robotic Den, the command center for the team’s strategies and design. Equally impressed with the Robo-Tigers accomplishments and skills, FEMA personnel commended our scholars and congratulated them as being the future science, technology and engineering leaders of the future.

The North Clayton Middle Robo-Tigers won first place at the FIRST LEGO League 2013 Regional competition held at Georgia State and the 2013 Judges Award at the state competition held at Georgia Institute of Technology.