Interview of Will Johnson

What is your name?

Will Johnson

What grade are you in?

8th grade at Central Academy.

What do you do in robotics?

I help build the robot.

Why did you join robotics?

I wanted something more hands on and challenging after school.

How long have you been with the Team?

This is my second year.

What is you plan after high school?

I wish to attend the engineering program at Virginia Tech.

What do you do outside of school?

I volunteer and I am in the Marching Band.

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

Building the robot.

Interview of Marthe Honts

What is your name?

Marthe Honts

What is your job outside of robotics?

I help write grants for faculty at Virginia Military Institute.

What is your main job on the team?

I am the head mentor and help out on the Operations Team

What is your favorite part of robotics?

I like the prototyping and figuring out everything with your hands.

Is there anything you would change?

I would love for us to have a dedicated space to use.

How has robotics made your life different?

It has helped me to think about what business skills I can teach people to use in the real world.

Interview of Tim Wilson

What is your name?

Tim Wilson

 

What grade are you in?

I am in 7th grade.

What do you do in robotics?

I build parts on the robot and I help with the website.

Why did you join robotics?

Because it looked fun

How long have you been with the Team?

2 years

What is your plan after high school?

I would like to go to MIT

What do you do outside of school?

I play piano and chess

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

I like watching the robot compete.

 

Interview of Ethan Johnson

What is your name?

Ethan Johnson

What grade are you in?

11th Grade

What do you do in robotics?

Build Team, CAD

Why did you join robotics?

I had an interest in engineering

How long have you been with the Team?

4 years

What is you plan after high school?

Go to college for engineering

What do you do outside of school?

Video games

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

Making a robot. The building process and then seeing it all come together.

 

Interview of Shannon Filer

What is your name?

Shannon Filer

What grade are you in?

9th Grade

What do you do in robotics?

I’m on the build team, and on the Strategic Council.

Why did you join robotics?

I wanted an intellectual activity that could teach me life skills that I could use later.

How long have you been with the Team?

I have been on the team for 3 years

What is your plan after high school?

I plan on going to a 4-year university to major in physics or astrophysics, and minor in creative writing or piano.

What do you do outside of school?

I do many things, like play piano, oboe, saxophone, guitar, I am in the marching band, jazz band, concert band, and I do karate, dance, Girl Scouts, Help Save the Next Girl, D&D Club, reading, writing, coloring, and acting.

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

I like the intellectual environment and where everyone is still enjoying themselves while working.

Interveiw of Kyle Hayslett

Kyle is the most veteran student on our team this year and is also the Design Team Leader.

What grade are you in?

I’m in 12th grade at James River High School.

What do you do in robotics?

I do a little bit of everything but I mostly work on the robot

Why did you join robotics?

A friend suggested it to me and I found that it is very fun.

How long have you been with the Team?

6 years

What is you plan after high school?

Go to Virginia Tech or Virginia Western and major in general engineering.

What do you do outside of school?

I play a LOT of video games.

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

Building the robot.

Week 4 in Pictures

Team Member Interviews!

Starting this week we will be sending you interviews of our team members. I hope this helps you better understand our team! This is an interview of Ryan Aaron.

 

What is your name?

Ryan Aaron

What grade are you in?

7th grade at Central Academy Middle School

What do you do in robotics?

I work on the Pit Game and file metal so no one scratches themselves on it.

Why did you join robotics?

To be with friends.

How long have you been with the Team?

3 months, this is my first year.

What is you plan after high school?

To go college.

What do you do outside of school?

I work with with my dad.

What’s your favorite part about robotics?

The teamwork.

Newsletter from 2/2

This week we focused on the Pit Game and the competition robot. The Pit Game is like a modified game of plinko. You drop your chip from the top and it falls into a certain section that says how many points you get if you answer a question correctly.If you answer a question wrong, you just try again. We incorporated the Power-Up design into our plinko board by attaching classic video game characters to decorate the board. The whole point of the pit game is to promote safety in the pit area during competitions so we have many questions about overall competition safety. For the robot, we plan to have it done by Sunday so we can practice driving it for the competitions. We made another base to practice driving after we bag the robot. This is the point where we can’t do anything with the robot until competitions. We have been able to grab the cube with our arms very well. Unfortunately, the raising and lowering shaft is not coming along as well as we hoped. We are constantly fixing any problems we find. The electronics are all attached and allow us to use a controller to maneuver our robot. Just today, we successfully picked up a cube and dropped it in our “switch”. This is going to be our main way of getting points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from Week 3!