The Joliet Township High School Cyborgs robotics team unveiled its newest robot during the 7th Annual Community Exhibition on Feb. 21 in the JTHS Administrative Center.
The team is mentored by JTHS teachers Abel Farias, Michael Zwartz and Arianna Farias.
The students introduced the FIRST competition’s theme “Destination: Deep Space”, presented by the Boeing Company, which challenges the competing schools to design and build a robot to “place hatch panels on their rockets, load valuable cargo… and return to the safety of their habitat,” as described by a First Robotics video.
Following strict criteria and competition rules, the Joliet Township High School had six weeks to design, build, and program the robot.
Students described the highlights of the build season, including the designing of the claw, lift/arm, climb, chassis/electronics, programming and their website.
After demonstrating the robot’s abilities, the JTHS Cyborgs invited the audience to see the robot up close and ask questions to the students.
In addition to the hard work of the students and their teacher-mentors, this year’s robot was also made possible thanks to the contributions of the following community sponsors: Caterpillar, Vulcan, Team Zog, CSS, Flexco, Fint-Hills Resources, GMT, KWM Gutterman, GMT, NRG, Best Buy, J-Power USA, Provisor, and Comcast.