The photos and text on these web pages are a record of the amazing effort of a dedicated group of students, parents and teachers. Contest involved building a robot to compete locally and (eventually)nationwide.
The project was based at Mount Olive High School (MOHS) with support from students and faculty at County College of Morris (CCM). The BASF Corp provided funding and Rame-Hart provided engineering and fabrication support.
The top picture shows Prof D'Stefan of CCM advising Mount Olive High School students regarding electronic design of the robot. The basic device is 4-wheel drive with left and right side motors. Two other motors raise a 10 foot arm while other motors are used for a push bumper system with additional motors for cooling. The robot is radio controlled by two operators. Contest involves 4 robots in a boxing style ring at one time. Each robot must pick up specific items, climb an obstacle and raise the items at least 8 feet. Group has about six weeks to build the robot. Contest was held at Rutgers March 19 & 20, 1999. Next regional contest is in Philadelphia. Check US FIRST calendar on their web site for more info.
Students assemble troublesome drive gear (again!). Boxes in forground are filled with supplies/electonics supplied by US First. All parts in robot must be approved. This prevents the use of exotic high cost parts.