Robotics team heads to competition

March 15, 2013 

Harrisonville High School 4-H Robotics FIRST team, 2164 The Corps, is well known for shooting off T-shirts at home football games and school assemblies, reaching out to the community with various programs like Fantasia, and hosting the Robotics Engineering Camp at the Missouri State Fair.

The team is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, which was started by Segway inventor Dean Kamen. FIRST provides students the chance to explore fields in science, engineering and technology. In this program, students can develop problem-solving skills applicable to real world situations.

This is the Corps’ seventh year participating in competition. They will participate March 15-16 at the Greater Kansas City Regional held at Hale Arena in Kansas City. All members of the community are encouraged to experience the competition. It takes place both days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no admission price for the competition but parking is $7. The team will also travel to Razorback Regional April 4-6 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This year’s challenge is called “Ultimate Ascent,” and it is similar to ultimate frisbee. The game is separated into a 15-second autonomous period, and a two-minute “human control” period. There are two goals on either side of the court with goals for 1, 2 and 3-point frisbee shots. There are also two towers near the center of the court that house 5-point goals. Robots can work together in their “alliance” to climb the towers for an additional 10, 20 or 30 points depending on how high the bot climbs. Each alliance consist of three robots (schools).

Wickee is the name of the Corp’s bot this year and it is named after one of the coaches. Wickee was designed, built, programmed, and tested during a six-week build season that started Jan. 5 and ended Feb. 19.

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