TROY —They returned to the battlefield as champions vying to retain their title.
With four years of experience, the Troy High School Xtreme BOTS team was the team to beat as they entered the Xtreme Bots battlefield at Wright State University’s McLin gym on Saturday.
The Troy High School Xtreme Bots club entered two Bots at the Saturday competition, battling 40 area STEM school teams in Beavercreek. The club team placed first and second place as well as earning the “Best Sportsmanship”award at the spring competition last season.
While most students and their bots are part of a vocational class project, the Troy High School’s team is an after-school club where students who are interested in engineering, design and electrical arts spend time preparing their 15-pound metal robotic battle box to outlast the field.
Troy High School science teacher Jason Orsborne and industrial technology teacher Brian Clendening coach the after-school club team.
The team is sponsored by Stillwater Technologies. The company’s President Bill Lukens approached the school to start a project like Xtreme Bots to help students work on hands-on project so students could see how design, manufacturing and engineering careers are utilized in companies in their hometown.
“I think its a great opportunity for kids because its a chance to engineer something and see the whole process of engineering all the way through manufacturing and Stillwater helps us do that,” Orsborne said. “With Bill Lukens initiating this, they have been our sponsor and they provide all the resource, the materials. They allow us to meet there and give us all their expertise. We are very blessed that Stillwater Technologies opened their doors for us. They made this club possible.”
A Troy High School student helped spark the Xtreme Bots club after working at Stillwater Technology through a co-op program.
“All the kids do this on their own time,” Orsborne said.
Students must design the robot with any material as long as it makes weight at 15 pounds. The team uses a small appliance motor to power their bots which run on battery power and controlled by a remote controlled “driver.” The goal is to incapacitate the other robot in the field as quickly as possible.
“Getting to see them to do hands-on programs is neat to see — we don’t have a whole lot hands-on learning opportunities in school anymore so this is a great opportunity for them,” Clendening said.
For more information about Xtreme Bots as well as other local STEM-based challenges, visit www.madeinohio.us.
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