Blind students participate in regional robotics competition

Iowa students compete in Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Dozens of students are competing in a regional robotics contest this week in Cedar Falls. 
 
One team from Iowa stands out from the rest-- most of its members are blind. 
 
The team,"Dark Side" has three blind members, two who have limited vision and two members who can see.
 
One of the visually impaired students said some jobs in building the robot were harder than others. 
 
"Getting staples out of stuff.  That was a horrible job. I almost hurt myself trying to get those staples out of the board," Kadyn Haggard said.  
 
Many components of their robots have labels in Braille. 

When it comes to the actual competition, a student who can see will do the driving. They'll make the robot perform tasks to earn points. 
 
Sara Larkin is an Iowa Braille School instructor and says it's amazing what the students can do.
 
"They've already got so much out of it, it's just amazing. Most of them had not touched most of those power tools. They had not touched a screwdriver or hammers," Larkin said.
 
 

 


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