Robotics

Ramon Ruiz, Club Writer

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Robotics is where they create robots with Vex parts and then they go to the competition with other high schools around Indiana. There are 3 teams for PPHS and they are 4321A-  4321B-, and 4321C-. Hopefully, if the teams are ranked in the top scores of Indiana, they will go to the state championships. The Robotics team will have their first competition on Saturday, November 18th at K.I.D.S. Inc.

We interviewed Coach Mundell, the creator of the Robotics team

  1. Why did you want to create the robotics team here at PPHS?

“First of all, I think that competitive robotics is one of the most fun and exciting things that you could do in high school, and I wanted our students to have that opportunity. Secondly, robotics is an excellent way for students to develop a number of important skills. Students who are involved in robotics will learn valuable STEM skills in addition to important life skills. Our students are learning about gear ratios, torque, measurement, prototyping, testing, teamwork, time-management, marketing, how to respond to failure, and more. Finally, I wanted to create the PPHS Robotics team because it’s something I really enjoy doing, and I love sharing that with my students.

      2. Have you had any experience in robotics before?

“My first robotics experience ever was when my uncle got me a LEGO Mindstorm Robotics kit for Christmas when I was in eighth grade. I remember programming the robot to follow a black line on the ground. In college one of my freshman year Honors Engineering classes also used the LEGO robotics system to teach basic programming and engineering skills. As far as competitive high school robotics go, this is my sixth season. I have mentored teams that have won city championships, qualified for state, and even attended the World Championships two year ago.

      3. Do you think more people should be interested in robotics?

“Definitely! There is a lot of talk and concern about what future job markets will look like. One thing that is certain is that automation and AI (artificial intelligence) will lead to more and more jobs being done by computers and robots instead of people. Developing the skills to build and program those robots is a great way to ensure you have the skills to survive in a changing job market. Plus, robots are super-cool!”

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