May 7, 2011 6:44 PM by James H Egbert
Several teams from area schools gathered today at Coronado High School for a robotics challenge. Teams are not competing for the top spot; rather they are using the event to help the kids get to know each other and how to team build. Students worked in groups of three to build a SeaPearch from a kit of pre-made pieces and then test or modify them into working models.
Already included in their building kits were soldering the circuit board, placing the motors into cases which had to be waterproofed with wax (too much wax and the motor overheats, too little and it leaks), and getting the craft to be neutrally buoyant so that it will maneuver at all levels under water. The kids add their imagination and competitive spirit to build the best robot they can as fast as they can in a timed session. The resulting machines should be interesting to say the least.
The teams all came together under the organization of Bryce McLean, the D11 Robotics coach, and with funding from USAFA and Challenger, to build the SeaPerch robots
The Coronado High school robotics team, Cougars Gone Wired, has already won multiple honors at a regional competition, on May 4th. They are already seeded 7th for the World Championships.
The events should conclude at 5:00 P.M. tonight.