One of the strengths of our Engineering Academy is the opportunity to assign older students to act as teaching assistants for the younger group. This year, we are privileged to have Josh and Claire, both seniors, working behind the scenes day in and day out. Josh and Claire take care of so many important things, freeing me up (Mr. Meadth) to focus on teaching and assisting students.
Following on from the highly successful robotic arm project, our current robotics challenge is to design and build a search and rescue robot. This idea has been widely explored by many universities and private companies. We are proud to have four separate teams, each developing a unique solution for a robot that can navigate a defined obstacle course and deliver a survival package to a person on the other end. Such a robot might be used in an earthquake scenario.
No more talk from me! Let me simply share some excellent photos taken by Josh (thanks once again!) We’ll send out an update once this project is completed, so stay posted.
Sam and Pedro arrange the motors around a differential gearbox
Zach, Sydney, and Caleb working on some very secret plans!
Sam, Pedro, and Isaiah can’t wait to add tracks to their creation!
Nolan and Alan looking for bugs in the program
Sydney gears up for safety!
Sam compares his custom 3D-printed pentagonal wheels as James looks on
Kaitlyn and Josh hard at work writing lines of code
Davis completes some highly necessary modifications to his team’s tracked robot
Mr. Meadth undertakes repairs to one of Zach’s electric motors
James reattaches the front wheels again
Alan considers his 3D-printed component: a rotating “jack” to tilt their robot up and down
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