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Space Robots at MHS

posted Feb 24, 2019, 1:23 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Ian Creech

The Moorhead Robotics team is an interesting extracurricular activity. They are split into five separate teams, each one tasked with a different aspect of building a robot. “There’s the Electrical group, the Chassis, the Think Tank, the Media, and the Programming Team.” says Robotics Chassis member Andrew Hayes. Each one of these groups has a role within Robotics in order to get their robot working, which Andrew Hayes explained phenomenally.

However, it is important to know what the Robotics team is currently working towards. They are currently trying to design a robot that can participate in a game that is very complicated to explain. In summary, the robot has to be able to manually load “cargo” (which are just brightly colored balls) and be able to screw on windows so the cargo doesn’t fall out when they have to put it in. A much more detailed and accurate explanation can be found in the video (below, above, to the left, to the right, wherever you put it, mr. tichy) Now that the rules of the game have been established, we should go into what each different part of the Robotics team does

When building a robot in Robotics with a goal to perform, it’s very important that the builders of the robot know what they’re trying to build. That’s why the Think Tank exists. “They come up with the ideas for the robot, and how it’ll work in the game itself,” says Andrew Hayes. They’re the brains behind the brawn, in a metaphorical sense. They come up with the ideas, and the next group builds it into a robot.

The second group of Robotics is the Chassis. The Chassis does most of the manual work, and build the robot itself. “We’re given a kit of parts, and we have to build those parts into a body that can compete in the game.” says Hayes, member of the Chassis group. This is what most people think of robotics, when you mention it to them offhand; they’re the people who build the parts into actual functioning robots. However, the robots won’t work with just the Chassis alone.

Another group that is imperative to the robot’s functioning is the Wires & Motors team. “The [Wires & Motors Team] make sure that the motors and wires work properly when installed into the robot, and usually have to fix any problem relating to electricity.” says Hayes. While the Chassis group puts the robot together, it’s up to the Wires & Motors to make sure it works functionally when the code is entered in. Speaking of which…

The Programming Team has one of the most important jobs. They have to write all the code for the robot in order for it to work and be able to perform the tasks it has been set. It’s a pretty difficult job, since coding is not an easy task. To quote Hayes: “This group kinda explains itself, do I really have to explain it?”

Last, but not least, the Media team. They are responsible for a variety of things. “If it isn’t covered by any of the other groups, it’s probably Media’s job,” jokes Hayes. They are responsible for creating and managing the Robotics website, making the pit (the area where the robots are built), and for designing the shirts that the team wears to the events. Bit of a jack of all trade group.

Those are the five groups of Robotics. Each has a very important role within the Moorhead Robotics team, and without one of them, it’s likely the robot wouldn’t get very far. The Moorhead High Robotics team is currently working very hard to finish their robot, as it has to be completely finished in about a week.

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