Another Great Year For OCVTS At Robotics Competition Jean Sullivian,December 8, 2011
Caption: Above, Toms River Team #19 positions robotic vehicle for the first challenge. The vehicle had second fastest time in the competition and took top prize for creative design.
TOMSRIVER, 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 which had to travel along a curving black line from one end of the mat to the other. In order to succeed, the teams had to program sensors which would detect the black path. 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.
OCVTS Brick students from Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration classes entered several teams. 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.