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    September 22, 2016

    How do you get high school students interested in science and engineering while building the teamwork skills to work with other students around the Miami Valley? Have them collaboratively build a robot that will be demonstrated at local events and used by AFRL when visiting schools. On August 27, 2016 students and their mentors (37 people) from the four local FIRSTTM Robotic Competition teams came together to design a robot that can execute the functions defined by AFRL/EN and the WBI team. The four teams consisted of two community teams (The Innovators from Vandalia and the BONDS from Dayton) and two school sponsored teams (Pirate Robotics for West Carrolton High School and Robonato from the Warren County Career Center in Lebanon).


    The teams collaboratively managed the whole day to design the robot, breakdown the work schedule, distribute the building and testing across the teams, set up a communication structure for teams to monitor the complete work, and begin the documentation of the complete project. The robot will house a quadcopter (provided) that will be modified to safely drop a shirt and film the robot shooting out other shirts. The teams made excellent progress and will now begin the final prototype, detailed design, and final build and testing to meet the December deadline to have a working system. The team will be given $5,000 to build and test the robot. They will then be invited to a demonstration to be setup by WBI where each team will earn a $500 scholarship to help defer the $15,000 to $20,000 needed for the competition season.



    By Bob Lee – WBI: IDEA Lab

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