ATASCADERO – The Greybots, Atascadero high school competitive robotics team unveiled their newest creation Saturday night at the 5th Annual
‘HAVOC,’ the newest robot entry for this year’s international FIRST Robotics Competition “First Power Up” coming up March 16 in San Francisco, can lift cubes into a switch and scale (the scoring areas of the game field) using a claw to grab the cube as well as an elevator to lift the cube, and a kicker to fire the cube into the goal.
For the game, teams from all over the world are required to place “power cubes” on large scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances may also trade cubes for power-ups for a temporary advantage. The match ends with robots climbing seven feet into the air using a rung attached to the scale. HAVOC utilizes a front mechanism to get cubes onto the elevator and can pick up a partner robot by having it drive onto its back forks on a
At the Gala, Andrew Murach, a junior Greybot, stood with former robots, making himself available for questions as parents and community members gathered before the big “robot reveal.” A big screen up on stage counted down the minutes until
Murach said his team has been busy testing HAVOC in the shop on campus.
“Designing this robot was just a little bit easier compared to past years because we had people with past experience helping us,” he said. Murach has no expectations when it comes to the upcoming competition. “Hopefully we do well, but it’s new every year — you never know if something happens.”
“There’s a lot to it,” said Sophomore
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The students are led by mentors, including students from Cal Poly. Team 973 relies on community sponsorship. Platinum sponsors this year have been JLP Enterprises, LLC, IQMS Manufacturing ERP, PG&E; Gold sponsors are College of the Canyons, the Lipper family, Google, Janssen Youth & Youth Sports; and Silver sponsors are SOFTEC, Union Bank of California, Supervisor Debbie Arnold, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyard, Inc., Scott Roberts and Scott L. Larkin.
For more information on the Greybots, please visit www.greybots.com.
Watch the video below to see live footage of the Greybots revealing their new robot, HAVOC.