Minarets Robotics Club by Danielle Johnson

Minarets has recently started a robotics club.  The club was started by math teacher Wayne Pedranti in the hopes of kindling interest for a robotics class next year.  There are around 20 members in the club, and we have meetings during lunch and after school around once a week.  Our officers are Luke Skinner (President), Mitchell Cooper (Treasurer), and Ginger Bellisario (Secretary).


The club is currently working with Lego Mindstorms to try and gain some basic experience with robots.  The robots utilize simple sensors to help it perform tasks.  They are controlled by sequences that you program in advance.  The Mindstorms are very simple and help anyone gain a foundation in robotics.


We plan on competing in an underwater robotics competition.  From the competition’s website:


“The MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.”


It would be a great opportunity for our club to participate in the MATE competition and get some hand-on experience building robots.  However, we need money to fund our projects.  In order to do this, we are starting a variety of fundraisers, such as selling poinsettias for Christmas.  If you want to help out, one of our members started an online fundraiser at GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/fo9nfo.  Any and all donations would be appreciated.

If you are interested in robotics, the club is still accepting members.  Contact Mr. Pedranti or Luke Skinner if you are thinking about joining.

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