Spanish Fort High School Robotics Club
Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 08:16 AM CDT
Spanish Fort, Ala. (WPMI) Believe it or not, a functioning robot strolls across a classroom floor at Spanish Fort High School each afternoon. Controlled by genius engineering students that brought this creature to life in less than 42 days.
"The robot behaves a lot like an arm. It has a movement this way, up and down, it moves this up and down and then the claw actually rotates right here, and the claw opens and closes," says Spanish Fort Senior Austin Mitchell.
It's part of the best robotics competition where the students are given only minimal materials. "I had to design and write a program that would make all the motors run and allow them to use a controller to control those motors," says Spanish Fort Senior, Adam Whisnant
They also must overcome a variety of obstacles, develop a marketing plan, and a name. "The robots name is Slim Shady and it's nickname is Whisnant Makes Motors Spin because I had to program it. He can extend his arm both arms he can hold his arms in place he can spin his claw," says Whisnant.
All the movements are done with a seies of motors and pulleys that the team put together. And this latest robot actually joins a group of thers already at the school. "We already have 4 or 5 robots that are already built in the back shop because we've just been doing it for a while so," says Mitchell.