Perkins Robotics Club

Last Updated: 7/8/2022 5:07 PM

The Perkins Robotics Club is in its fifth year of existence. The main goal of the club is to encourage students to think for themselves while working as a team to complete tasks.

Robotics club 1The culminating event each year is the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build robots that weigh up to 125 pounds capable of competing in that year's game. The game objective changes each year and typically involves programming a robot to shoot or place balls into a receptacle. 

This year, FIRST is focusing on moving cargo in a rapidly evolving world. In RAPID REACT presented by The Boeing Company, teams must use innovative engineering, creative thinking, and teamwork to reimagine the future of safe, high-speed travel, and lightning-fast deliveries to propel the next evolution of transportation forward – in this world and beyond.

The objective will have an additional component of defying gravity. There will be four horizontal bars that are spaced apart for the robot to clamp onto and pull itself off of the ground. Essentially, these are ascending monkey bars. 

robotics club 2Over the past five years, we have created four robots and designed one idea for a FIRST competition game. The Perkins Robotics Club has had great success at all competitions, but the 2019 and 2021 designs received awards. In 2019, we received the Judges’ Award for displaying all of the mathematical proofs which went into creating that year’s robot and we received the Imagery Award for the Game Design Challenge in 2021. 

For the 2021-2022 year, we are collaborating with Sierra Lobo to design and create a cubesat to go into space. The cubesat will be fairly small – about the size of small kitchen appliance – and have an electrical arm that will be controlled from a laptop. There will be a game involving small balls that the arm will grab and place in different locations inside of the satellite.

The hope is that the cubesat will be sent to the International Space Station then deployed into orbit from there. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how something like this could be used to make repairs while in space.

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Upcoming Events

  • 2022 Greater Pittsburgh Regional, California University of Pennsylvania inCalifornia, PA, Wednesday, March 16, to Saturday, March 19
  • Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cleveland, Wednesday, March 23, through Saturday, March 26

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