The competition may not be until the end of October, but the Robotics Club at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School is already gearing up for the Falcon BEST Robotics Competition at Bowling Green State University.
This year’s theme for the competition is “Pay Dirt.” Although the team will not find out until Sept. 12 what exactly how their robot will have to function, they are already beginning to strategize what they may need to accomplish.
In addition to building a functional robot that completes tasks that are set by judges, students must also form a marketing team and keep a detailed log of all the work they do to their robot. The tasks are in place in order to mimic what engineers and companies do in the professional world when they try to sell their products.
Last year the Robotics Club qualified for the regional competition in Fargo, ND. Only 37 teams in the Midwest qualified for the competition and Stritch’s team accomplished the feat in just its second year.
The team qualified by finishing second in the competition at Bowling Green State. The group competed against 12 other high school teams throughout the Ohio region.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Robotics Club will have a practice run with its robot at the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green. The date of the competition is set for Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Stroh Center at BGSU.
The robotics team is part of the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) initiative at CSCHS. Any student, whether or not they are enrolled in a STEMM course, may join the Robotics Club.