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Robotics: Where have I been?

For the past month, I’ve been working with my school’s Robotics team. We took on a 6-week intensive project on building a robot that in the end results in a 120 pound, 5 ft tall robot.

That video was taken after 22 hours of straight work (9:00 AM Sunday-5:00AM Monday last week) at 3:00 AM in the morning at NASA Aimes in California, the day the robot was due to be shipped off. In fact, I wrote up the 5 stages to sleep deprivation:

  1. Confusion
  2. Organized Chaos
  3. Annoyance
  4. Tired High
  5. Slow Cognition

Anyway, the objective of the competition is to collect what they call “space rocks” and put them into an opponents trailer. The “space rocks” come from outside by another team member that throws them in or by another robot. Our robot pretty much sucks them in if it passes over them and we can store them up and shoot them pretty accurately from a close range into an opponents trailer.

Our team will be competing in the FIRST competition at Davis College in California. I certainly have had fun helping to build and program this robot. I got to use lots of loud and powerful machines in building this robot as more then 80% of the robot was custom made and all of it was put together by hand. I hope we put up a good show at Davis and have fun doing it. Perhaps we’ll even go to the nationals at Atlanta.

If you would like to check out more, our robotics club has an entire site for it at http://evhsrobotics.com/.