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Local students compete in robotics competition

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 2013

From left to right, H.A. Hyde fifth-graders Citalay Felix, Eric Vasquez, Temo Garcia and Rudy Dominguez work with their Remotely Operated Vehicle. (Photo by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian)

APTOS — The Aptos High School Robotics Team clenched another victory Saturday, beating out a dozen local teams in an underwater robotics competition held at the school.

The 13th annual Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest, held at AHS for the first time, drew approximately 50 teams from around the region, 43 of them in the Scout class for younger kids, and about 10 in the Ranger class, which presents older students more advanced competition.

The Aptos team has won numerous awards in the past, taking home the regional win four times, and winning awards in the international competitions three years in a row. Two years ago team members clenched top honors at the international competition in Houston, Texas.

Teams at the competitions are tasked with building a robot that can quickly and efficiently perform a series of underwater tasks while being remotely piloted by students on the poolside. Teams are also judged on presentations they make about their projects.

The AHS students’ robot was equipped with a claw, two electromagnets, an internal compass, something they described as an “active buoyancy chamber” and several cameras that give 360-degree vision to operators on the surface, who manipulate the machine with a video game controller.

For the complete article see the 04-23-2013 issue.

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