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March 9, 2013

Robotics Club competes in regionals

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The group will be allowed to work on the robot before the competition begins.

"We've been able to keep 30 pounds — that's the weight limit — not including our batteries, buffers, and tools, out that allows us to improve by the time we get there on Thursday. If we do get these installed and they work like we plan, then we are much better off than we were," Odle said.

"I assist in the learning and education of building a robot. My job is to be like a technical expert to help them along with creation. They come up with the idea, I just help them make their ideas a realization," said mentor Rob Cooper. "I have built robots before and I have worked with robot equipment," added the Continental Tire of the Americas maintenance supervisor.

"I think the kids have put in a great effort. This is the second year they've done it. They only get six weeks to make a robot from scratch and we take team members from all walks of life. I think we'll have one of the most diverse teams over there. Everybody learns a little something from everybody else while building the robot," he added.

Odle said the MVTHS club has grown since it was introduced a couple of years ago.

"We pick out kids, we ask them if they're interested. We introduce them to our robotics class. I also teach a digital electronics class, welding and machine shop manufacturing. So a number of my kids from those classes have an interest in robotics," Odle said. "We've been meeting every Tuesday night after school to get the idea, tell them what we're going to do and get ready to work on the robot."

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