Today is 'Stop Build Day' for the WDC Robotics team
It's 'Stop Build Day' today for the WDC Robotics team!
The WDC Robotics team is wrapping up its build season today, Feb. 18.
According to co-coach, Shane Snyder, the team will wrap up "a few last-minute adjustments with the robot, put it in a giant plastic wrap and tie it up." Today, all robotics teams across the state must stop building and bag and tag their robot.
Snyder said it's been a very productive season and he's optimistic for the FIRST Robotics regional competition, March 6, 7 and 8 in Duluth.
"I have a feeling we will do quite well at the competition in Duluth. We are strong in several key areas, so we are ready to compete with and against many different types of robots. The kids have had plenty of time to drive the robot and get a feel for the way it drives and functions."
Co-coach Mike Shrode agrees the six-week build season went very well and feels the team is prepared for the competition.
"We built a competitive robot in about a third of the hours versus last year," Shrode said.
Last year, the robotics team brought a robot that wasn’t yet functional to the competition in Duluth, with no time to practice with it and ended up spending valuable practice time finishing the robot.
This year, Snyder said the robotics team will be able to attend all of its practice matches on Thursday, March 6 to gain even more experience driving the robot with other teams.
"I’m excited to see how we do," Snyder added.
The video above was taken at Central Lakes College-Staples campus on Saturday, Feb. 15 where WDC joined area schools to practice with; those schools were Menahga, Staples, and Brainerd.
"We got to drive around a makeshift course that had goals built to size so we’d have a feel for what the actual game field would be like," explained Snyder.
WDC practiced catching the ball, scoring goals and assisting.
"It was a solid experience and gave the kids a chance to drive the robot on a course similar to what the actual competition will be like, and most importantly, got the chance to practice scoring points," Snyder said.
Students on the robotics team include: Ethan Benson, Alex Roth, Derek Plautz, Alysha Randall, Derek Garcia, Logan Taggart, Hannah Wedde, Skyler Houts, Maizie Miller, Stephen Spilman, Tyler Scott, Maddie Hinojos and Jimmy Kim.