Innovative robot designed by Red Bay, AL students

Students from Red Bay High School earn top honors with tele-presence robot in HOSA conventions.

Posted: Mar 26, 2018 6:53 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2018 4:58 PM

RED BAY, Ala. (WTVA) -- For students who may be spending part of their school year recovering at the hospital from an accident or recovering from an illness, it's not just the daily class work these students miss.

These students are missing moments with their friends.

Students at Red Bay High School design a tele-presence robot to help peers who can't attend school.

However, through the Health Occupations Students of America, or HOSA,  students from Red Bay, Alabama, High School are developing an innovation to change that.

Brooke Shotts is a sophomore at Red Bay. She is just one of the four team members who helped design the tele-presence robot.

"We help students who can't be at school be present with this robot," Shotts explained.

"You can call in on Facetime and see the room that you are in," freshman Camron Burks explained.

It's part of HOSA, which stands for for Health Occupations Students of America, an organization for future health professionals.

Once the students had the idea, it took a little ingenuity.

Kay Hargrett is an instructor at Red Bay High School and HOSA advisor.

"So they got PVC pipe. We had a robot that was donated, and we already had an iPad in our classroom. So we only have $70 invested in this today," Hargrett said.

While a remote currently directs the robot, students are designing an app.

"The app will let them use it from home instead of someone here driving it around and control it from here," Burks said.

The tele-presence project placed first at a recent competition at the University of North Alabama where students won a $500 reward. The project also was recognized as the first place winner in innovation at the state HOSA level.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 115088

Reported Deaths: 3255
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7973177
DeSoto703979
Harrison522384
Jackson457884
Rankin394086
Madison383194
Lee357380
Forrest304678
Jones292484
Washington258399
Lafayette250443
Lauderdale2478135
Lamar225538
Oktibbeha202454
Bolivar201677
Neshoba1849111
Lowndes179962
Panola170040
Leflore167187
Sunflower162349
Warren154855
Monroe150673
Pontotoc147220
Marshall143129
Lincoln140157
Pike138456
Copiah137536
Scott125429
Coahoma124937
Grenada122638
Yazoo122234
Simpson121549
Union118825
Tate116839
Leake115041
Holmes114760
Itawamba113925
Pearl River113660
Adams108544
Prentiss106120
Wayne101722
Alcorn100112
George99218
Covington97527
Marion95042
Tippah90322
Newton86627
Chickasaw85526
Tallahatchie84526
Winston84121
Hancock84028
Tishomingo81241
Attala79426
Clarke75851
Clay69321
Jasper68717
Walthall63927
Calhoun62612
Noxubee59817
Smith59416
Montgomery54923
Yalobusha54514
Claiborne53716
Tunica53517
Lawrence51814
Perry49423
Carroll49312
Greene47818
Stone47514
Humphreys43816
Amite42513
Quitman4206
Jefferson Davis41011
Webster37613
Benton3416
Wilkinson33820
Kemper32615
Sharkey28514
Jefferson27610
Franklin2423
Choctaw2086
Issaquena1074
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 155915

Reported Deaths: 2674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson23129377
Mobile16849315
Tuscaloosa10296140
Montgomery10197197
Madison928096
Shelby733863
Baldwin663769
Lee653465
Calhoun456761
Marshall438150
Etowah426551
Houston414834
Morgan412035
DeKalb338829
Elmore320053
St. Clair292542
Limestone284230
Walker277292
Talladega265335
Cullman244024
Lauderdale226242
Jackson214915
Franklin205231
Autauga204831
Colbert200532
Russell19443
Blount192525
Chilton186932
Dallas186527
Coffee176311
Dale175151
Covington174029
Escambia172530
Chambers135044
Clarke134317
Pike133513
Tallapoosa131787
Marion107629
Barbour10319
Marengo100822
Butler100740
Winston92213
Geneva9007
Lawrence85032
Pickens84718
Bibb82814
Randolph82316
Hale76730
Washington74412
Clay74112
Cherokee73314
Lowndes70928
Henry7086
Bullock64817
Monroe64610
Crenshaw60630
Perry5896
Fayette57413
Wilcox56712
Conecuh56113
Cleburne5568
Macon53420
Lamar4905
Sumter47221
Choctaw39012
Greene34216
Coosa2033
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
Columbus
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 59°
Oxford
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 52°
Starkville
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 55°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather