During the build day on a weekend, Kalamazoo Public Safety brought in their bomb robot for a demonstration for the robotics club. This advanced robotic device weighs 460 pounds. It is sensitive enough to untie a shoelace, yet withstand an explosive situation. The bomb squad division of public safety also works with the Hazmat hazardous material division in Kalamazoo. They are trained several times throughout the year all over the USA. The Gobles Voltage expresses their deepest gratitude to Kalamazoo Public Safety.
The Gobles Voltage traveled to GVSU for the robotics event that announces the rules for this year’s competition. The game is called First Stronghold. Our club will go to the Gull Lake district (at Lakeview HS in Battle Creek, March 10-12) and the Ann Arbor district (April 7 - 9). This is our third year and our running robots are Sally, Mustang, and suggest here for this year’s robot name.
Our robotics team went to the junkyard this summer to get some supplies. We cooled down for some ice cream after working in the hot weather.
Our robotics team traveled to Gull Lake to participate at the 40-team district competition. The Gobles Voltage finished the preliminary rounds in 12th place which allowed us to enter the finals. The alliance for the final rounds was the Atomic Vikings, the Cosmic Chaos, and the Voltage. It was a great weekend for Gobles and we made it all the way into the quarterfinals.
The kickoff event for the 2015 robotics team was held in Grand Rapids at the GVSU campus. This year’s game is Recycle Rush (last year’s game was Aerial Assist). Our club, the Gobles Voltage, has six weeks to build a robot to compete at district events in March. This year’s recycle-themed game consists of two alliances that each have three robot teams squaring off against each other. The robots stack totes that represent recycling containers and dispose of pool noodles which represent litter. The team isscheduled to work with mentors from the Gobles community. Follow us on twitter @VoltageGTRC.
Gobles High School competed in two robotics competitions this season as rookie team #5194, or The 12-Volt Tigers. Students built a robot and traveled to Gull Lake High School and St. Joseph High High School for weekend events during the winter and spring robotics season.
Members of the team took advantage of many great opportunities to experience STEM activities, applying math and science skills in real world tasks and challenges. Additionally, students were exposed to concepts in both business and marketing to take advantage of both funding and community involvement opportunities.
Team faculty mentor John O'Neil said the thrill of the program was watching kids work together to solve problems.
"The task of building a robot creates real challenges and problems," O'Neil said. "And over the course of weeks, the students worked together to solve them. It was fun watching the light bulbs go on as they met every challenge and got our robot ready for competition. It was definitely a learning experience, and we'll already be miles ahead when we start again next season."
Most of the team members will reassemble next school year to build upon the lessons and successes of the first year to build a better robot.
The mission of robotics clubs is explained on the First Robotics website as a program “to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.”
2014 Team Roster: Ryan Mizikar, Eli Giles, Anne Huston, Bryce Sabo, Tanner Smalley, Regan Thorpe, Casey Wioskowski, Jack Hurst, Josh Thrasher, Dominick Fisher, Sean Devers, Aaron Ailes, Jacob Hancox, Daniel Elyea. Coach John O’Neil. Student event volunteer Daniel Lehto. Team mentors were Dick Johnson, Mel Smalley, and Jeff Smalley, and the faculty mentor was John O'Neil.