While I’m at it, I wanted to post a few pics of the robot my son helped build and the practice field yours truely built. My 17 year old high school brainiac son participated in a robot competition last weekend. He was responsible for the electronics, wiring, and programming the beast. It has a bunch of servo motors powered by batteries and controlled by a radio controller.
It is one ugly robot, but the robot doesn’t know that. They finished construction about 9:00pm the night before competition then spent the rest of the night debugging and practicing. The team came in 3rd out of 21 teams and missed going to State by 2 points, IIRC. Not bad for an after school project with mostly freshman. It was a building year.
The competition was hosted by BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) http://best.eng.auburn.edu/ run by Auburn Univ. but locally by NASA Johnson Space Center, Jacobs Engineering, and a couple of other sponsers. The team produces an “engineering notebook” which is well beyond what you think of for high school students, and give oral presentations. Go to the website and watch the video, and if interested, you can help start a program at your kid’s high school. Well worth the effort. The competiton is fierce and watching an auditorium full of teenage nurds get their geek on is hilarious.
-- david roberts, who can't think of a catchy tag line.