The Wayne Hills High School Robotics team is proud to have earned the highest award of Overall Champion at the 19th annual North Jersey Robotics Competition, held at Passaic County Community College on May 9th & 11th.
The North Jersey Robotics Competition brings high school and middle school teams together from Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties in northern New Jersey. In addition, the team took 2nd place in several individual competitions, including the Dominoes Challenge, Science and Technology Award, Change a Tire Challenge, and Obstacle Course Challenge!
Under the supervision of Mr. Robert Yost (Wayne Hills Robotics' teacher), the Robotics 2 & 3 classes were able to apply their technical knowledge and application of mechanical engineering systems, programming, electronics and time management to produce a versatile competition robot. Students followed the Informed Design Process, a methodical problem-solving engineering model to plan and develop the robot in eight steps using Google Slides. By following the I.D.P. plan, students were able to clearly document the development of the robot in stages. This document then became the outline for the Science and Technical presentation that the students delivered to an engineering panel of college judges for a graded element of the competition.
This year’s robot was capable of playing an oversized game of Dominoes by flipping downward facing domino boards over, and matching doubles, all by radio control and a single operator. A second event, the Tire Change, challenged the robot to remove three lug nuts and remove a plastic tire from a prop to earn points. Our robot utilized a planetary gearset with 3D printed lug nut sockets and magnets, and an elevator lift assembly employed a linear screw, which maintained exact heights for aligning up to the three lug nuts. The final event was an Obstacle Course where the entire college gym floor was transformed to test the robot’s agility to make sharp turns, climb hills and challenge operator driving skills in the shortest amount of time.
Early in January, at the start of the design and sketching phase, Mr. Yost made a challenge of his own to his students of Robotics 2 & 3. “If you win the overall competition, I will gladly allow you to shave my head in class, sparing the mustache”. Mr. Yost has always been a man of his word and students accepted the challenge, winning the Overall Champion, and then gleefully helping shave Mr. Yost's head!