KHS Robotics third at nationals
KINGMAN - Kingman High School's Robotics Team put itself on the international map during For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology National Competition held April 15 in Atlanta, Ga. by finishing third.
Kingman's Team 60 first had to overcome a problem resulting from an earlier competition at the Las Vegas Regional event. "Lappy," the robot, experienced transmission issues that limited Team 60 to an eighth-place finish in Las Vegas. However, the team captured a Delphi Driving Tomorrow's Technology Engineering Innovation Award.
The transmission was rebuilt after Las Vegas and before the national event. Other adjustments also were made, one of which entailed removing Lappy's arms and making him a mainly defensive robot.
Lappy's name was derived from the theme of competition, which was based on principles of NASCAR.
Robots drive counter-clockwise around a track under a rack containing four 40-inch balls (two of each alliance color). Points are scored either by placing the balls on the rack or tossing them over it. A robot crossing over quadrant lines also earns points.
In Atlanta, Team 60 placed 13th in the Newton Division and was selected as an alliance partner by the No. 1-rated team, Team Wobot from California. Think Pink of Florida was the third member of the alliance.
The alliance dominated its division, going undefeated and taking the first-place trophy to the Einstein Field, where semifinals were held. The alliance winning streak ended with two tough losses and a 1-2 record there.
Team members were elated to finish third in light of there being more than 2,000 teams worldwide.
In April, Team 60 was first among 52 teams participating in the Phoenix Regional competition.