Competition prepares Southeast students for Great Gorilla Games and State TSA

Alli Markley of Pittsburg and Caleb Porter of Cherokee recently tied for 1st place in the 2nd Annual Tetrix LEGO Stacker Competition at Southeast High School.  Markley is a freshman and Porter is a senior at SHS.

Southeast High School added Robotics as an elective at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year and teacher Brad Coots says this in class competition prepares students for competitions such as the Great Gorilla Games at PSU and State TSA.

“Although the program is most recognized for the presence of two NAO humanoid robots, the students also know it as a place where they get to build their own robots using Tetrix kits from Pitsco,” says Mr. Coots.

Coots says during the first semester of Robotics I, the students complete 3 Tetrix robotics builds. The first two are guided builds that take students through a series of step-by-step instructions for building remote controlled robotic vehicles.

“These builds give the students experience with hands-on building and teach them what each part in the kit is used for and capable of,” says Mr. Coots.  “The next step is an unguided build that allows them to use the parts in their kit to create and build their own design, resulting in unique version of the LEGO Stacker Robot. At the end of each of the three builds, students compete to accomplish the designed task in the fastest time possible.”

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