Group Participation in the BEST Robotics Competition

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The BEST Robotics Competition is a fairly new program to be implemented in full at High School. It started last year and has been a source of both exasperation and mirth to the competitors. There are many different aspects of the competition, and the most important of these are the robot and the program. The robot is the main focus of our program for reasons of manpower and time constraints. The robot is subdivided out into many groups and assignments. The base team had to build a lightweight design that could support the arm, attach the wheels, and be able to push around the balls. The arm team had to design an arm that could grab and hold the volleyballs (CO2). We were successful in the building of a robot that could move all of the required game pieces to the specified locations within the prescribed amount of time. There were many small victories along with the setbacks. The structure of the legs of the arm was an easy project for the arm team. The motor mount and fabrication of the arms were also successes on their part. Later on the spool and slider mechanism for the claw was a major breakthrough in the nick of time. The base team had many successes as well and few setbacks. The design was easy enough to come by and the fender was a late but ultimately crucial design feature. The caster wheel was a project done by our base team leader, Joe The wheel mounts and wheels were completed by the more technically versed members of the team, Jared and Aiden. The failures and setbacks of the robot were many and often. The arm team had problems with the strength of the arm motors for a long time, and the arm was found out to not be long enough to reach the upper CO2. The former was accidentally fixed when Jared d... ... middle of paper ... ...n a very good idea on our part, but in the end we built a robot that accomplished the task. The pitching of ideas was incorporated as we pitched the ideas to our team members and when the instructor was directly involved to her. The instructor also helped by playing the role of boss and owner of the team; She controlled the actual production and processes used by the team during the entire process. The team is built of gifted and highly talented individuals and all of them use extremely different lines of thought and logic connections, so that explaining ideas becomes difficult at the least. Prototyping is almost the same as production with the small difference being that the prototypes are of higher quality than the actual production because often they are built to prove a point and if then proven used as the final product. Thus the BEST program is successful.

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