The Clarke County High School Robotics Team has packed away their robot as they complete final preparations for the highly anticipated FIRST competition in Richmond. Per competition rules the robot was “Bagged and Tagged” on February 22nd. This early packing rule is to ensure that all teams will have the same amount of time to work on their robots regardless of the distance they must travel. Otherwise teams closest to the competition who have brief ship times would have an unfair advantage. The team has taken this down time in stride and used this pause before the competition to work on a “playful” community service project.
The Robotics Team under the leadership of Technology Educator and FIRST Mentor, Ed Novak has turned their combined energies to bear on construction of a playhouse for Habitat for Humanity. The materials and base design were provided by Habitat for Humanity and the First Team is providing all of the labor to build the playhouse. The structure is currently being built in the tech-lab at the Clarke County High school and will be trucked to its final destination once completed. Team members have worked on all facets of construction and have learned skills from basic layout to framing and roofing. The team is currently finishing application of asphalt shingles and hopes to have the project completed before they leave for the FIRST competition in Richmond.
The team will be traveling to Richmond Thursday April 7th at 5:30AM. The three day event is being held at Virginia Commonwealth University and begins with set-up and inspection on Thursday. This year 63 teams are registered for the Virginia FIRST Robotics Competition event. Matches begin on Friday and continue into Saturday.
This year each team will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition game, LOGO MOTION, which includes “pick up and place,” where robots try to hang inflated shapes on pegs of various heights. Specific combinations will score additional points. In the final seconds, robots have the opportunity to deploy “minibots” to climb high towers for an exciting end game that can quickly change the final outcome. Below is an animated look at the 2011 game LOGO MOTION.