CVHS Students Compete in Robotics Tournament
Students from Central Valley High School recently traveled to Seattle for the three-day Seattle Microsoft Regional U.S. First Robotics Tournament.
Ian Apted, Erik Beck, Cody Crossley, Robert Evans, and Erik Pedersen represented the “CV Bears III” team at the event, with Stephen Lucas and Cody Crossley programming “Bear Bot 3.” Mark and Scott Crossen and Austin Pruitt worked on the robot but were not able to attend the tournament.
The team’s robot qualified by meeting all specifications and placed 41 out of 64 participating schools. Students designed and built their robot in only six weeks from two containers of parts. When it was complete, they crated and shipped it by Federal Express on the shipping due date. The students constructed the robot after school and on weekends.
The competition was held March 26-28 at the Seattle Arena. For each round, three school teams were randomly picked to compete against three other schools. Scores of the winners were tracked for placement. This year’s contest featured a very slick surface where the robots pulled trailers and collected soccer-sized balls. The team that got the most balls in the other teams’ trailers won. The students had to program the robots to move autonomously for the first 20 seconds and program radio frequency and joy stick to motor control pathways to move the robot for another two minutes.
Click here to see more about this project including a slideshow, tournament details and even a wiring diagram.
Central Valley School District received donations and support materials from Wagstaff Inc, Jacob’s Upholstery & Patio, Altec Inc, Ed Mitchel, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Central Valley School District. The team advisors were Mr. Kim Wellington, Mr. Alan Wardsworth, and Mr. Richard Hein. Teams from Central Valley High School, West Valley High School, East Valley High School, and Lewis and Clark High School shared bus transportation costs and road together to and from the event.
The three days in Seattle were intense and exciting for the students. The students are very proud of their robot and how it performed at the event.
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