Harshman Middle School and Shortridge International Baccalaureate High School students will be competing this Saturday, November 14 at Raymond Park Middle School during the 2015 Warren VEX Nothing But Net Robotics Tournament. Both teams have been working hard for months to design and construct the ultimate robot! Bill Campbell, Robotics Coach for Shortridge IB High School says the students are excited to see all that their masterpiece can do.
“We’ve generally been meeting twice a week since August. A majority of our time is spent developing the robot, because there are always modifications being done,” says Campbell.
The students build, prototype, repair, rebuild and test multiple times until they have their robot ready for competition. The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) designs the rules for competitions, while VEX Robotics creates the supplies needed.
According to the VEX Robotics website, robots must be smaller than 18 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches. The robots are inspected and must meet a certain set of standards to compete. The playing field is a 12-foot square, with four robots inside. Red and blue “alliances” are formed when two teams and their robots are randomly paired for the first round of play.
Each team was given the task to design a robot that is able to shoot balls into a net. The higher the net, the more points the team is allotted. The teams also receive bonus points for their robots having the functionality to elevate their opponent’s robot into the air; the higher the elevation, the more points the team receives. Shortridge IB High School student Jacob C. says he enjoys being a part of the robotics team.
“I get to make something of my own creation and compete with it. It is highly engaging, can hold my attention for hours and is something that I thoroughly enjoy,” says Jacob C.
Students will square off this Saturday, November 14th at Raymond Park Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Good luck to all of our students as they compete this weekend!