Lycos Robotics Club 2010-11, Sea Perch Challenge at Coronado HS
Sea Perch took place on May 7, 2011 at Coronado HS. The Coronado Cougars robotics team had arranged this activity and invited all of the robotics teams in the city to come join them for the day building underwater robots and racing them against each other. It was an optional event, but I think well worth giving up a Saturday lazing around for.
The kids were divided up into groups of 3 or 4 and each was given a robot kit. They followed the instructions to build their underwater robot, and of course were allowed to ‘tweak’ the design to their liking as they went along.
Once the robots were built and all of the glue set, they got to the really fun part- putting them in the water and ‘driving’ them. The challenge/race was for the robot to navigate through a series of 3 hoops at the bottom of the pool, find a ring and pick it up, then bring the ring to a team member and return to the starting hoop. Fastest time to complete the course wins.
The ‘Mentorbot’ gets it’s turn at the obstacle course.
The girls and I popped in and out of the building as permitted during their dance schedule for the day. I think they all got a turn at driving the ‘mentorbot’- even the ‘I don’t like robots’ girl (Carissa) took a turn and then admitted it was fun. ;)
Big thanks to Coronado HS and Honeywell for sponsoring this day of robotics water fun!