The New Hartford RoboSpartans, aneighborhood robotics team, are headed to Pennsylvania this weekend for a bigrobotics competition. A competition theythink could send them to the world championship.
Robotics is a sport of the mind, saysCoach Bob Payne of the New Hartford RoboSpartans.
“It was found by Dean Kamenbecause he wanted a sport for this muscle, working with other kids but still competingwith them for competitions, but learning science, technology, math, andengineering.”
He says the five member team has to beable to conceptualize and build the robot on their own and deal with the pressureof the competition. The team has also made it their mission to mentor andencourage other robotics teams.
In this weekend’s competition, therobot needs to be able to lift crates, push magnetic balls into certain areas,and collect them, all with three other robots in the ring. To accomplish this, they’ve been perfectingthe robot for three months.
Team member Maysara Elazzizi says theversatility of their robot, he thinks, makes them a fierce competitor. “Our robot does everything it gets racketballs in the baskets, it has a scissor lift, it can get the bowling ball, themagnet ball…I’m feeling pretty good about.”
Also feeling confident about theupcoming competition, his teammate Alex Catera tells Eyewitness News why he’sstuck to the unique sport. “If we winthis next competition we go to the world championship, i don’t think with many other sports you cando that. It’s fun, you learn a lot of stuff, and really I think I’ve become abetter person being on this team.”