Our robotic team is a group of students from several different South Carolina communities. They range in age from 14 to 17 years and work to build a working robot of roughly 200 pounds that can complete the competitive tasks set by the FIRST organization (www.first.org). Students work together with mentors to create the plans for the robot, design the robot using CAD, machine parts, wire the robot electrically, program the robot to complete the tasks, and ensure that it is well-constructed enough to withstand blows if necessary.
Students learn true engineering skills and the skills to work as a team under pressure.
We are truly providing students with the skills and training to prepare to be leaders in industry in the 21st century. Students are excited to learn in a hands-on environment and literally can not wait to get their hands on "real life" materials and machines.
Students program a robot to complete tasks set forth by FIRST Robotics at the beginning of our build season. We have an autonomous mode in which the robot follows instructions pre-programmed by our students, and then a tele-operated mode in which team members use game controllers (also programmed by our programming team!) to make the robot follow specific commands so that we can successfully complete the task set before us.As you can imagine, these game controllers suffer from a lot of abuse during competition, and need replacing! We have chosen two and some back ups, just in case.
They are different colors, because we have two students operating the robot: one who drives and one who operates the mechanisms that students have programmed, designed, and built.
It will be easier, in the heat of the competition, to identify which controller is responsible for each task if we can designate on color for each type of operation.
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