A combined team of 20 students from Honesdale High School and Western Wayne High School and their robot will travel to Lehigh University on April 11 to spend the weekend competing against 50 other teams in the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Championship.
— A combined team of 20 students from Honesdale High School and Western Wayne High School and their robot will travel to Lehigh University on April 11 to spend the weekend competing against 50 other teams in the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Championship.
Team "Camo-Bots" was formed two years ago and is an alliance of two neighboring school districts that were interested in pursuing a robotics program.
This year's robot is covered in "digital camo," which the team decided on as a way to honor U.S. troops and one of the team's major sponsors, the National Defense Education Program.
At a qualifying event earlier this year, Camo-Bots placed eighth, a strong showing for a second-year team.
About the competition
Mid-Atlantic Robotics' games closely resemble sporting events. Each robot competes against others in a game that changes every year.
This year's game is called Ultimate Ascent and involves the robots flinging as many Frisbee-like discs as possible into goals of varying point values over a two-minute, 15-second period.
The match begins with a 15-second autonomous period in which the robots operate independently of driver input. Discs scored during this period are worth more points.
For the remainder of the match, drivers control their robots. The match ends with the robots attempting to climb pyramids that are located near the middle of the 27 x 54-foot indoor playing field. Robots earn points based on how high they climb.
Each robotics team is structured like a miniature business, with committees covering software, hardware, marketing, finance and more. Most robots are about the size of a small chest freezer. Each team is given the same basic components to build their robots but no blueprint is provided. The result is a diverse collection of cleverly crafted machines.
Founded in 2010, Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) is a non-profit corporation that spans all of Delaware, New Jersey and counties in Pennsylvania from Harrisburg eastward. MAR is affiliated with FIRST Robotics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 that aims to inspire youth and promote interest in science and technology through robotic competitions that involve 2,500 teams and 58,000 students in the U.S. and around the world.
Winners of the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Championship at Lehigh will advance to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis in late April.
For more information about Mid-Atlantic Robotics, visit midatlanticrobotics.com.