Big Red Robotics Finish Second @ NY/NJ Botball Regionals
Kudos to Big Red Robotics! The team placed second at the New York/New Jersey Botball Tournament on Saturday, held at the Rahway Recreation Center (Rahway, N.J.). Big Red also won the judges' overall award for outstanding engineering and programming, plus the outreach award for helping to promote STEM at Lawrenceville.
Competing for Big Red were Christian Luu, Nick Healy, Nikhil Ajjarapu, Dan Braghis, Cherie Fernandez, Ken Muangsiri, Alen Alshinbayev, Sabrina Yeung, Richard Zhou, and David Zhang. Team members Tiffany Lin, Andy Zheng, and Jack Wragan weren’t able to be at the tournament, but were “instrumental” to the team’s success, according to Dave Laws, Big Red Robotics faculty advisor.
In Botball, teams must create robots that work together to score as many points as possible. According to Laws, “The two robots do this completely autonomously-once triggered by a light coming on at the beginning of the round, the two robots rely on their programming and on-board sensors like color sensors and cameras, to navigate around the playing field, manipulate and collect objects, and make decisions as to where to deposit them.”
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