This year at Dublin Coffman High School, organized collaboration was a new ingredient for producing a robot for the annual FIRST Robotics competition.
For six weeks, as many as 100 students in the intro to engineering, engineering academy, product design and engineering capstone classes worked together to build a robot that can extend up to 8 feet in height, said Greg King, engineering teacher .
This is the first time all engineering classes have participated collaboratively in the FIRST Robotics project, King said.
"This gives our engineering students authentic, real world experiences," he said.
The FIRST competition is an international high school robotics competition designed to give students real-world engineering experience, according to its website.
This year, the team's robot had to be designed to pick up yellow cubes and maneuver them in different ways, King said, while at the same time fending off other robots defending the cubes.
Students control the robot with a microcontroller, King said. A portion of the competition features autonomous control, and another features remote control.
Grace Krietemeyer, a 17-year-old junior, said she and other students built five chassis -- base frames -- for the robot while honing its design.
"It was all about getting the right dimensions," she said.
Krietemeyer said she enjoys making new friends as part of the robotics team. This year, she got to meet new people by working with a larger group of students, she said.
Because the team was working with more students, different groups could focus on different parts of the robot simultaneously, said Peter Glaubitz, a 17-year-old senior.
Senior Kaitlin Berryman, 18, said this year the in-class participation allowed students more hours to work on the robot. The team focused on teaching the younger classes how to assemble the robot.
"We wanted to make sure that the innovation will continue on," she said.