By Ruthie Muller / July 11, 2018

❤️s for robots and competition

They say to do what makes your heart beat faster.

I’m not sure who “they” are, but if you ask most of the participants of Urban Search & Rescue, THEY would definitely agree.

Twenty-two states (plus Puerto Rico!), eight middle school teams, 22 high school teams, and five postsecondary teams attended SkillsUSA® nationals in Louisville, KY, June 25-29, all doing what makes their hearts beat faster – robotics and competition. 


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At this national competition, teams drive their robots through a course using a robot they have (hopefully) engineered with a solid chassis and arm mechanism to locate, grab, and move simulated ordnances on the challenge course. One member remotely operates using a wireless camera system mounted on the robot at the simulated command center.

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Teams are judged and scored on a variety of criteria – robot design, the team’s engineering notebook, oral presentation, a written exam, and performance on the challenge course. 

“I’ve never felt my heart beat out of my chest like that before,” said Team 122 after completing the course.

“Stressful.”

“Nerve-racking.”

“Intense.”

These were just a few words that described their experience. 

“It teaches how to be calm in chaos,” Brody Pinson of middle school Team 801 said.

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What a necessary skill to have in these fast-paced times! Not only do students gain valuable life skills such as this, but team members also experience teamwork, collaboration, and, of course, problem-solving in addition to preparation for employment in fields related to and including robotics, engineering, automation, manufacturing, electronics, and emergency services.

We ❤️ you, students and robotics lovers, and congratulations to the winning teams! Students like you (and your advisors) make our hearts beat faster!

Winners: 

Middle School – Team 805 – Alana Lee and Diara Tsikis of TX

High School – Team 106 – Chris Calvao and Nicholas Reed of MA

Postsecondary – Team 504 – Aaron Haymore and Willard Sheets of NC

 

TOPICS: Middle School, High School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

Ruthie Muller

Written by Ruthie Muller

As a teacher, I liked wearing different hats; counselor, coach, creator, friend. The last 10+ years at Pitsco has given me this same opportunity. I've written curricula, trained teachers, managed people, directed creative projects, and even acted in a video and recorded voiceover. My recent hats include leading company initiatives, coleading department strategy, working with Pitsco's portfolio of curriculum systems, singing in a church worship band, serving on several boards, and volunteering in the community. But the hats I cherish the most are being a mom and wife.