DODEA robotics club takes on challenge in national competition
WIESBADEN, Germany — Scientifically minded students from Wiesbaden High School will be using their problem-solving skills to design and build a robot — all in six weeks — to compete against entries from dozens of stateside schools in a series of national competitions this spring.
This year’s theme is “steampunk,” a type of science fiction inspired by the Victorian-era steam-powered technologies common in the writings of authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
“I was so excited,” club treasurer and senior Brittney Molloy said. “Last year’s theme was cool, but I personally love steampunk, so I like this year’s theme a little better.”
In competition, clubs use their robots to fill steampunk-inspired towers and airships with balls and gears. Points are awarded to teams for wins and draws, with extra points going to clubs whose robots contribute the most balls and gears to their effort.
“We’re going for the championships, we have to,” said club president Dennis Sarzoso, a senior who is hoping to major in computer science in college. “This is a doable challenge. I feel more experienced from last year, and I feel like I know what to do and how we’ll tackle this challenge.”
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