Robotics II by Sean Melovidov
Reading the rulebooks and assigning roles was our first step. When we first got to robotics II class we had no clue what we were going to be doing. When Mr. Nance told us about the competition we didn’t know how much work it would take. We voted on team captain (Sean), co-captain & book recorder (Aaliq), designer (Andrew &David), programmer(Bill) and our advisor was already Mr. Nance. Most of our days in the beginning of the semester were all reading the rules, searching for ideas, and brainstorming how we were to build our robot. In Robotics I it was all about Legos, but in robotics II it was all medal and screws. Towards February we found out more about the competition and were about a quarter done with our robot. It had taken us weeks to figure out a foundation model for our robot and how we were going to make everything fit. Our robot was going to be 100% original and, as Mr. Nance says, “K.I.S.S.” keep it simple stupid. Designing the robot and building took a lot of teamwork, brainstorming and a series of multiple tests and patience.
Aaliq and I, the captains of the team, floated around the classroom to help where we could. We suggested many ideas for the building. I spent much time with Andrew, the head builder, putting on screws and nuts to connect the robot’s structure together.
Andrew and David, the builders, spent most of their time brainstorming and trying out different structures and movement methods for our robot. They were always in a race against time to find a K.I.S.S. structure that would work best.The robotics II class has many different challenges that test our ability to remain working and focusing on the task at hand. If you like the way this class sounds than you should think about participating in robotics I to get a feel for the techniques and smaller challenges that will prepare you for robotics II.