|In 2008, I again helped Therrell High School build a robot for the US FIRST Competition. This competition seeks to enhance the education of high school students by encouraging them to undertake a very difficult project involving both engineering and project management issues, and to inspire the students to consider a science or engineering career. Here's the team at the competition at the Gwinnett County Civic Center.|
|Each team gets a kit with all kinds of motors, wheels, electronics, and other functional stuff, as well as just enough structural components to build a wheeled base for the robot. All the other structures and devices have to be bought and assembled separately. Here's our finished robot, which can push balls off a rack 6 1/2 feet above the ground using the vertical pole, and herds them around the track using the curved bumper.|
Here our robot extends its vertical pole to get the ball down.
|Our drive crew waits for a match to start.|
|Dwell Cursor over items for their function.|
|The pit crew hard at work.|
|Notice how busy the course is during the race.|