What DISCO has learned
Entry ID #: 1408
Created: Tue, Jan 14, 2014 3:05 AM
2587z is a two man team consisting of Peter Dulworth(Driver) and Cyrus Shy(Strategist). Both Peter and Cyrus narrated the video. Q&A: Q: How did your team select its members? A: We met through our home school track team. After discovering our mutual interest in robotics and engineering, Peter invited Cyrus to join his homeschool VEX team 2587z. Q: What is the most important component of your robot construction and why? A: Our hanging latch is the most important part of our robot, because it is able to accomplish so many tasks while remaining relatively simple. It can A.) Catapult beach balls over the 12in barrier without raising the lift. B.) Replace beachballs onto the barrier. C.) Knock beachballs off of the barrier and into our collector. D.) Latch onto the hanging bar! It also begins the match at 18in taking full advantage of the space allotted to us, but is able to fold down to under 12in when the robot goes under the barrier. All of this is accomplished using only C channel, 90deg brackets and a few rubber bands. Q: What do your team members feel is the most important lesson they have learned as a result of participating in the VEX Robotics Competition? A: If VEX has taught us anything it's that if you want to be successful in VEX or any area of your life, you have to learn how to work well with other people. Not only does this help you, it helps your team as a whole when multiple people work together towards a single goal. Q: What obstacles did your team have to overcome while designing and building your robot? A: 1.) Several times this year our cortex has started smoking, usually the night before a competition. 2.) Over the summer we put in hundreds of man hours building a PTO transmission and in we decided because of the in efficiency of gearing relative to the torque of our motors, we had to scrap it in favor of a lighter more efficient design. This just goes to show that when building a VEX robot, nothing ever goes perfectly according to plan. Q: Who are the sponsors who made it possible for your team to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition? A: Sparx Engineering, Lamar HS Alumni Assn., BAE Systems, National Instruments, Exxon Mobil, Mentor Search, New RevTronics, Kroger, Chipotle, Rice Robotics Club and Shell. Thanks for enabling us to compete in robotics! Q: Why does your team think it is important that all students have access to robotics programs? A: Something I’ve noticed while working with the VEX IQ teams that our team mentors is that while a lot of kids aren’t excited about sitting in a classroom all day and reading books, kids love creating things. But if you take those kids and put some pieces in front of them and tell them to build a robot the things the possibilities are endless! Furthermore, when its time to go back to school the kids start to even be excited about learning in the classroom because they know they can take what they learn in the classroom and use it to make better robots among many other things. Robotics really helps kids to understand why its good for them to learn and helps them want to learn. Robotics is the perfect supplement to traditional classroom learning.