We, Rock Robots

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We, Rock Robots

Alex Fleming, Writer

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This past Saturday, the Lipscomb Academy Robotics team participated in the Music City BEST robotics competition. Fourteen schools from all over Tennessee came to Allen Arena to compete in the day-long tournament.

The night before the competition, each team had to send a designated marketing team to give a business presentation; they had to present a business model for a fictional engineering company – their robotics team. Then they went to set everything up for the competition.

Each team had a designated space where they each set up a creative booth to show off their team’s theme and how it fits with the theme of the overall competition – mining. Each team’s robot had to traverse multiple levels of a “mine”, collecting many different items representing various commodities. After each round, each item’s point value was tallied up, and then the scoring gets complicated; a computer found the average quantity of each commodity and curves each team’s total points according to how many items over or under the average the teams had.

The Mustangs worked hard for six weeks until as late as 7:00PM some evenings to make their robot. They took tenth place out of all the teams that participated, in the near future they will be taking a middle school robotics team under their wing and will be teaching them how to make a superior robot.

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