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Robotics Team Takes on Virtual Challenge

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The district’s robotics team ¬– the Mechanical Bulls Team 810 – recently participated in a global design competition virtually. The FIRST robotics teams from around the world were invited to a virtual design competition where they were challenged to solve a current world problem with their robotics skills.

Students used Onshape, a web-based CAD system, to design a robot that helps to solve a current world problem. Robotics Team 810 decided to take on litter and pollution on urban streets. Through a series of Google Meets, messages, e-mails and shared design files, the team was able to complete their design along with a three-page essay highlighting the process and concept of the robot.

The team’s robot is designed to pick up garbage through two inwardly rotating brushes, angled in a way to create a vortex that maximizes trash pickup. At the virtual awards ceremony on May 29, the Mechanical Bulls placed #87 out of 150 teams in 10 countries.