Geared Up, Ready to Lift
By Roxy Sweeney (March 10, 2007)
A week and a half ago the Robotics Team tightened the last couple of bolts on its “donut/robot-lifting machine” and sent it off for the 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition, which will be held at the Annapolis Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, March 15 through the 17. The team has been slaving for hours on end on the robot since early January and the road was difficult.
The “senior-studded” team is partially composed of John Ehrenzeller, Rachel Taylor, David Maher, Kelly Casteel, and Hunter Burkey. The robot will be maneuvered by the rest of the team with Sebastian Forester as the arm operator, Alex Petersen as the human aid, Fritz Langford as the main strategist for the event, and Eliot Walker as the driver.
Competition for Robotics Team has always been the goal for the team and they have been successful enough each year to continue to compete against other, larger programs and still be a top competitor.
“Competition last year was pure chaos,
we expect this year to go a bit more smoothly because last year was
full of last-minute decisions,” commented Forester. The FIRST Competition
is said to be very chaotic and very spontaneous, at any minute a screw
could come loose or as Maher fears, “another robot could fall on our
robot and destroy it.” Unlikely, but still the stress levels are high
and the team is more than anxious to get to
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