Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MS Robotics CEESA

By Brian Jung

In an interview with Mr. Thompson, the co-advisor of the MS Robotics Club, I ask him what exactly is the Robotics activity all about.

Robotics deals with the design, construction, and programming of robots (autonomous technology). Middle School Robotics uses Lego Mindstorm robotics kits to build and program robots. The CEESA challenge forces students to build a robot that can complete 12 challenges by itself with no outside control (I have the challenges set-up in my classroom…you can check it out if you would like…room 1402).

Alex Hult, Alex Cherinavsky, Oskar Dyberg, Philip Bryan, Ruslan Bryan, Ziad Miqdadi, Kirill Yanakovech are all the participants of this year's Robotic Club. In a few short weeks (November 29-30) the coaches and participants will be traveling to Helsinki, Finland for the annual Robotics CEESA.

Currently there are seven other schools: Anglo-American School of Moscow (AASM), American School of Warsaw (ASW), American International School of Budapest (AISB), Pechersk School International, Kyiv, Ukraine (PSI), Anglo-American School of Sofia (AASS), American International School of Vilnius, Lithuania (AISV) that KIS will compete against for the CEESA trophies, including the sportsmanship trophy.

Mr. Thompson encourages everyone to take a look at Lego Mindstorms online. Thompson adds, but the special features for the competition are that the robot has to be programmed to do everything itself. For an idea of what this looks like…check out this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUga7xQQQK8,

Mr. Thompson  and Mr. Stone encourage any student who would like to come see the demonstration of the KIS robot to visit the Club the week before CEESA when they will be test driving the KIS Robot.

Mr. Tony Stone, MS Robotics Advisor