Robotics Team Rolls To Dayton Competition 
Robotics team members build their robot for competition.

The Perkins High School Robotics Team is ready for competition.

The team will be among more than 60 from across Ohio and surrounding states that will compete this week at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at Wright State University in Dayton.

The Pirates team includes 16 PHS students who have been working many afternoons and evenings during the past six weeks building the team’s robot with the guidance of coach-advisor John Stout.

With parameters set by the organizers, the students conceived and designed their robot with computers. The students also engineered and machined the pieces and parts – including gears, belt drives, and levers – of the complicated robot. Once assembled and wired, the robot is ready to roll. It is operated via remote control.

For the competition, which has a “Destination: Deep Space” theme, the students will have to use the robot to place hatch doors on a space cargo ship or mission vehicle. They must then load the “cargo” (large rubber balls) into the cargo bays. The team scores points navigating the course, maneuvering the robot and loading the cargo.

Since team cooperation is an objective of the competition, the teams from different schools compete together as an “alliance” against other alliances.

“It’s gracious professionalism,” Mr. Stout said. “Everybody helps each other out.”

The teams will compete in preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday. The eight top-ranked teams and their alliance partner-team will go to the finals on Saturday. The winning teams will go to the championship rounds in Houston and Detroit.


Students and advisors work on the team's robot for competition.
Posted by j_stacklin On 06 March, 2019 at 8:22 AM