Bob Sikes robotics team coming to state competition March 3 (VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:46 PM.

"I feel good about this competition," Lauren said. "This year I am doing the programming."

Each Lego robot, which the students design, is operated by a small computer device — called the "brain" or "brick” — that gives direction. Students program the brain on a laptop computer.

"This has been a really interesting thing for me, because I have never programmed anything before," Lauren said. "It’s really cool to see (the robot) go all by itself without using any force on it."

Neither students nor coaches may assist their robot while it’s set on the track. To do so would result in a loss of points.

"The competition can last from eight to 10 hours and they have to be well behaved, focused and stay on task," Nunn said. "They can't run around and play."

Assisting seniors

In this year’s “Senior Solutions”-themed robotic competition, each team's robot must successfully complete tasks that senior citizens deal with daily. For example, a robot must select the correct colored tablet using a sensor. This task mimics how seniors must select medication from a medicine cabinet. Teams must perform as many robotic tasks as they can within two-and-a-half minutes.

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