Mt. Vernon Register-News

Homepage

March 9, 2013

Robotics Club competes in regionals

MT. VERNON — Membership in the Mt. Vernon Township High School Robotics Club is open to individuals from all walks of life.

One adult mentor describes the school's current membership as artists, dreamers, mathematicians, geeks, nerds and jocks.

The group will be attending the annual First Robotics regional competition Thursday through Saturday at Chaivetz Arena in St. Louis.

"There will be Robotics clubs from high schools in Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky, and their could be others, depending on whether they have competed in other regionals. They're allowed to do that," according to faculty sponsor Steve Odle.

"Every year there is a different challenge. Last year it was rebound, rumble. This year is a little different. We have to throw frisbees at one of various height goals — more points for hitting the higher heights. The low goals may be achievable, and actually, may be better we think," Odle said.

"They also have a pyramid. It has rungs every 30 inches. If you want to score big points your robot must climb at least one of those rungs at a time and be there when the finish bell goes off. If we want to score 20 points within the 2 1/2 minute time limit, we have to do whatever frisbee shooting we can do, then we have to get the robot to climb the second rung," he added.

Team members have been practicing on their manuever, although according to the rules of the competition, their robot had to be tagged and bagged after six weeks of assembly. The MVTHS team finished with assembly just before 9 p.m. Feb. 19.

"We realized in our practice that we had to work on our climbing skills. We just didn't quite have enough power, and we had the parts ordered but wouldn't you know it, they're on backorder. So we're hoping to get them installed. On the first day there, we hope to install our secondary gear drive, and that will allow us to more than double the power on our robot now for climbing."

Text Only
Homepage

Local

Obituaries

Sports
Features

South Central Illinois Heart Walk


April 12, 2014

WISH Showcase at Casey Middle School


April 10, 2014

Top News

Must Read

AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
State News

Seasonal Content
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.