In the first week of February, the Eastern Christian Robotics Club concluded its 2019-2020 season with top ranking placements as well as junior Josh Hubbard winning the Best Autonomous Control Award for the team.
In the beginning of every season, EC Robotics will gather together on a Saturday morning, spending five hours watching the introductory video freshly released by the competition sponsor. This is the moment where the team will learn about this year’s challenge and scoring system. They will then discuss and figure out how the goal can be accomplished as a team.
The challenge this year is to create robots that can stack oversized lego blocks over to a bridge. The more blocks are stacked, the more points are earned. In order to accomplish this goal, the robotics club is divided into two portions where one team will be in charge of building the physical bots while the other team will be doing coding to bring “life” into the bots.
According to EC Robotics member Sean Post, a robotic match is usually conducted between two teams starting with a 30 seconds autonomous section. During this time, the robots will start stacking blocks by itself completely based on its pre-finished code. Next comes with a two and a half minute driver section where members of the team will manually control the robots to continue stacking blocks. At last, there will be 30 seconds for the team to finish up whatever is remaining and get the best results possible.
Sean and Adam’s team have moved up 35 places from the 42nd place to the 7th place, marking a good conclusion to the season.
Junior Adam Dalton has been involved in EC Robotics since his freshman year. In his opinion, he thinks they have enjoyed a relatively good season, “Last year we didn’t make it into the semi-finals and finals as often.” Served as a builder in the team, Adam discovered new features and made innovations to the robots, especially a new intake system. Plus with a lot more driving practice for the team, the team’s performance has improved significantly. Sean and Adam’s team have moved up 35 places from the 42nd place to the 7th place, marking a good conclusion to the season.
From Adam’s perspective, the robotics club is for everyone regardless of their level of knowledge about robotics. It is something easy for newcomers to pick up but at the same time a lasting joy for those who already know what they are doing. For Adam, the most rewarding moment is definitely looking back at the end of the year and seeing how much the team has accomplished.
“There is no one way to do things. Everyone has their unique ideas. It’s good to put them all together and sort things out,” Adam explains the biggest lesson he learned through the season, “It’s a unique opportunity where everyone gets their idea heard.”
“There is no one way to do things. Everyone has their unique ideas. It’s good to put them all together and sort things out. It’s a unique opportunity where everyone gets their idea heard.