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home : schools : schools July 28, 2015

1/14/2013 3:26:00 PM
Robotics team tackles first competition

his previous experience with the robots.

"I've worked with the programs before so it wasn't that hard," he said.

Housemans had no previous experience with the programming mentioned.

"You just got to get used to it,"Housemans said. "It's a simple program. You tell it to do things like turn 90 degrees, or move at speed 4. I did more with the presentation work though."

Along with robot building, the students also had to develop presentations on problem solving matters. Sixth grade teacher and supervisor of the club, Mr. Weyers, said that each year's presentation theme is different. This year's theme was Senior Solutions, which meant the students had to solve common problems that a senior citizen might have.

One idea was of a stove with a refrigerator opening-like door, and colored heaters to show which stovetops were hot. According to Mr. Weyers, practice for an hour twice a week between the robotics and presentations were not enough time. It takes brainpower and creativity to build robots, and for to be done by middle school students is highly impressive.

"It's a pretty big deal," Weyers said, "Practice for robotics is like a sport, you have to do it everyday if you want to get better."

Although neither team made it to state competition, the club still meets to create new ideas and build new robots. As of now the team has taken robotics as more of a recreational activity and are already planning out fresh ideas for next year's competition.

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