OCVTS Wins Big at Robotics Competition
Jean Sullivian, December 9, 2009
|Area schools sent teams to compete in programming and building robots to perform a task. The team from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River includes (from left) Matt Chadwick, 17, Ed Hawley, 18 and Chris Alexander, 18. (STAFF PHOTO:TIM McCARTHY)
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY-
OCVTS students walked away with multiple awards from the annual Tech Prep Robotics Competition held recently at Ocean County College. High school and middle school students from throughout the county designed robotic vehicles using materials from standard kits and adhering to competition guidelines.
Prior to the competition, each team designs, builds and programs a vehicle to accomplish an assigned task in the fastest period of time. Once activated, the robotic vehicle in this Pre-Built Division must be able to accomplish the task without any remote operation from team members.
The second challenge of the competition required the teams to brainstorm, build and program a new vehicle on-site within a 90-minute timeframe to accomplish a new task presented to them. The robotic vehicles had to travel along a curving black line from one end of the mat to the other, and capture an object in its path. In order to succeed, the teams had to program sensors which would detect the black path as well as the object. The fastest vehicles took the prizes.
The OCVTS Toms River Center entered two teams, comprised of students from the Introduction to Computer Hardware Computer Science, and Computer Repair programs. Under the direction of Instructor Keith Pobuta, Toms River Team 1 took First Place in the On-Site Design Challenge.
OCVTS Brick students from Rob Doherty’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration classes entered several teams. Brick Team A took First Place in the Pre-Built Race, tied for Second Place in the On-Sit Challenge and took a second place prize for creative design.. OCVTS Brick team B won First Place their creative vehicle design in the Pre-Built Division, and Team C took Second Place in the pre-Built Robotics Race. Overall OCVTS teams won seven awards during the competition.
The Tech Prep, or Technical Preparation, program incorporates academics and hands-on learning at the high school level with articulated curriculum links to Ocean County post secondary educational opportunities.