Student built robots square off in sumo contest at PNNL
RICHLAND, Wash. -- The chief electrical engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories has found a creative way to motivate students and teachers into high tech futures.
Gordon Anderson challenged Seniors from PC Troubleshooting class at Kamiakin High School and Freshmen and Sophomores at Delta High School to build mini sumo robots from scratch. Thursday , their creations squared off in the sumo ring, and the kids learned a thing or two about gadgets.
"I learned how to solder one of these boards together, and how to upload code to it. we also learned about line sensors and when it hits the white light, they turn around," says Katie Wright, a sophomore at Delta.
The robots are controlled by student programmed microprocessors and infrared emitter and receiver sensors...