Hamilton Southeastern class to compete in robotics competition

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From left, Rachel Simmonds, Mario Tonchev, Ben Rhodes, Taylor Sinicropi, Tyler Battas and Cole Heald all seniors, work together in the Hamilton Southeastern Engineering Design and Development class. (Submitted photo)

The Hamilton Southeastern Engineering Design and Development class will participate in the Falcon Best Robotics Competition 2017 Oct. 28 at Bowling Green University.

“EDD is the senior level course of engineering at the high school. It’s a mostly student-led course where we work on a project and the principles of engineering all the way through design and teamwork,” said Sara White, a senior EDD student.

The FBRC is part of the BEST program that promotes the growth of local competition sites across the U.S., maximizing the number of future engineers, scientists and technical professionals.

“HSE originally started participating in BEST Robotics a couple years ago, as instructors were looking to challenge students with a situation similar to what they will experience in the real world,” said Cole Heald, a senior. “For the competition, students must create and develop a robot to perform specific tasks, create an exhibit and presentation surrounding the assigned task and the development of the robot, and document the whole process in an engineering notebook.”

This year’s game is “Crossfire,” themed on fire and rescue teams.

“For our exhibit, we’re building a structure. It’s going to look like a fire truck and we’ll have interactive games and an interactive way to show off our robot design,” White said.

The class is vying for a chance to compete in the BEST championships in December in Fargo, N.D.

“We aim to build upon the success of last year’s group, as they placed first at regionals in Bowling Green and won eight out of the 13 awards. They then went on to place eighth at nationals,” Heald said.

The group is raising funds for the trip by contacting area businesses. Anyone interestedin helping can email hsebest2017@gmail.com.

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