THS Takes Honors in Regional Robotics Competition.

The THS 2012 Botball® Team displays their best code in tournament and top ten left standing awards. First Row: Mason DeMelo, Greg St. Germain, Kate Craddock, Second Row Richard Geurin, Mike Schriefer, Mike Piscitelli, Tom Daly, Back Row: Aleksey Klimschenko

On Saturday, May 12, the Trumbull high School Robotics Club sent eight of its members to Rahway New Jersey to compete in the NY/NJ Regional Botball® robotics tournament. The tournament followed seven weeks of intensive design, construction and programming of robots to perform maintenance tasks on a simulated coral reef restoration project. The robots were designed and built of hardware supplied by the tournament organizers. Robot programming was written using the widely accepted “C” programming language.
In the first “seeding” rounds of the tournament, the teams compete to score the maximum number of task-associated points without interference from a competing team. The following double elimination rounds are run head –to-head against opposing teams selected through the scores on the seeding portion of the tournament. At the end of the full day tournament, Trumbull’s team was awarded best program code for the tournament as well as recognition as one of the last ten standing after the elimination rounds. Though the preparations were grueling, the team was very pleased with their robots’ performances and the recognition they earned.
It should also be noted that the teams scoring higher than THS were from schools with scheduled robotics classes rather than an extracurricular club like THS. The team is very grateful to Trumbull ACE and BEI foundations for their support of the club’s participation in the tournament.

Greg St. Germain observes as Kate Craddock times her delivery of tilapia fish (ping pong balls to the THS robot on the tournament field.

Kate Craddock calibrates the robots’ launch system in preparation for the next round of competition.