NHS Robotics Team to participate in Recycle Rush˛ competition
How do you engineer a robot to stack recycle bins on top of totes, pick up
litter and then recycle the litter in the bin that caps the towers of
How do you manage a team of over 30 members, the majority of
How do you raise $15,000 in five months to finance the cost of
sending your team to the competition?
These are just some of the challenges facing the Newport High School robotics team. The team, otherwise known as YAK Attack˛ (Yaquina Applied Kinetics), learned of this years challenge on January 3rd during the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) Robotics Kickoff.
Along with thousands of other high school teams across the country, the team had six weeks to design and build robots for regional competitions. Their build season˛ officially ended on February 17th, and now the team is planning their competition strategies. The first
challenge faced by YAK Attack will be in Wilsonville on March 12-14, followed by another competition in Philomath on March 26-28.
This yearąs challenge is called Recycle Rush˛. It’s played by two alliances of three robots each. The field is divided into two equal halves, with each side trying to stack as many totes as possible in specific areas of the field (recycle zones), topping each stack with a recycle bin. Scattered around the field are pieces of litter, or green pool noodles, which subtract points if they are left on the ground. However, if a team can put their litter into the recycle bins, they can earn points. The goal of Recycle Rush is for each alliance to form a tower of totes with a recycle bin filled with pool noodles on top.
Sponsors of this year’s group include the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Plum Creek Timber, Georgia Pacific, NASA, the Oregon Department of Education, Advantage Real Estate, Rodeway Inn, Figaro’s Pizza, Optimists Club, Siletz Roadhouse and
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire in youth the application of science and technology. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. With support
from three out of every five fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high school students, FIRST LEGO League for 9 to 14 year-olds and Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds.
To learn more about FIRST go to www.usfirst.org To learn more about the NHS Robotics Team, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/team2192 or just click here.