What’s Going On In Robotics?

The smell of sparks is in the air, but where does it come from?

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What’s Going On In Robotics?

"B" Team Robot For 2017

Nathan Morris

"B" Team Robot For 2017

Nathan Morris

Nathan Morris

"B" Team Robot For 2017

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The road of engineering is one not many travel. Watching Robotics Club cut sheets of metal and seeing the sparks fly is a refreshing feeling among other clubs. Having been inside the Robotics classroom, you can tell of the accomplishments and time spent within the robots they build. Each robot costs around 2,000 dollars, with some reaching 3,000 depending on the parts and sensors used. Robotics also taps into programming and some minor fields of management and team cooperation. With many competitions coming up, Robotics Club is preparing and getting their robots ready for the first stages of the VEX Robotics 2017 challenge, “In The Zone.”

Leading the teams, team captain for “A” team is Nathian Burghduff, “B” team captain is Nathan Morris, “C” team captain is Joanna Collins, and “D” team captain is Alberto Yerena. Each team has their own variation of robot, some are approaching this year’s challenge with height while others attempted length. The challenge that the engineers are currently facing now is designing and building a workable claw. Many are prototyping, but none of the teams have a “built” design. Joanna of “C” team talks about how “our teams work in unison to create functioning and compatible robots that can win and score at the competitions.” Joanna continues to talk about plans and renovations of their current robotic build.

Hoping to get a better overall idea of Robotics Club, Nathian Burghduff talked about his experiences throughout his robotics career. “Throughout the past four years robotics has been a learning experience that I went through with old and new friends.” During the interview, some moments seemed to reflect a piece of his robotics experience and story. He finished on the note of where he was then and now, and how robotics had set him up for success in the engineering field.

On August 28, Robotics Club had their first practice competition in the 2017 school year. Many schools across the High Desert showed up to see the progress of various teams. From the forty-eight teams that are participating, robotics “A” team came in fourth, “B” team came in eighth, “C” team came in third, and “D” team was assisting others with their respected robots. Using what they learned from this practice match, robotics plans their next competition on September 28th, ready to lead Oak Hills High School to the top in California and hopefully, the world.

Entering Robotics to do this article was easy in thought, but proved difficult in practice. Seeing what Robotics does has shown the time and sweat they put into their robots, and the success in their competitions will show it.

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