Wayne Trace robotics team competes in national competition | Local education
GROVE CITY, Pa .– A total of seven students from Wayne Trace High School recently entered the BEST Robotics competition near Pittsburgh, which pitted 25 teams from across the country in a competition to develop, build, and market a robot that could successfully perform a variety of construction and demolition tasks.
Led by seniors Eli Spinner and Xander Kohart, the robot driving team also included sophomore Eli Stuart and freshman Eli Martinez as well as freshman Kal-El Lands in the pit. The marketing team included sophomores Kailyn Dienstberger and Emma Laukhuf, as well as freshman Eli Martinez.
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science & Technology) robotics challenges students to learn more about engineering by creating and programming a robot, researching and recording the process as part of an engineering notebook and presenting their project and product as part of a full program. marketing plan to meet the requirements of a specific topic.
To accomplish the tasks given in this year’s Demo Daze challenge, robotics team Wayne Trace designed a tank-driven robot with a forklift and autonomous driving functions, which could lift and move a variety of objects. in the game course within a specific period of time. .
While the marketing contest took place virtually over two evenings starting on December 3, the robot challenge took place on December 11 at the mock construction and demolition site of Grove City College, north of Pittsburgh. This year’s big competition has taken on a new look with just six teams competing at the Pennsylvania venue and others fueling a national scorecard in Denver.
Team Wayne Trace, with a robot dubbed Blockbuster, took on these robots in 13 rounds in seven hours.
Although the Raider team did not make the top three nationally, the group has gained a wealth of invaluable experience working, traveling and competing together as a team.
Special thanks went to the seniors, many of whom have been part of the Wayne Trace program since its inception five years ago, including Eli Spinner, Xander Kohart and Therin Coyne.
The team will now be looking to recruit new members and visit their robot in northwest Ohio as a special thank you to their sponsors.
These sponsors include: Alliance Automation, Raven Technologies, Mercer Landmark, Tenneco, Paulding County Foundation, Pond Seed Company, Antwerp Exchange Bank, Federal Mogul, Dairy Queen, Reineke Family Dealerships, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Wayne Trace Alumni Club, as well as the Wayne Trace Local school board, administration and staff.