Klamath Basin Robotics

You may not have a robot in your home just yet… But the people that will build it are now being trained.

For student Kyle Hanson, working on a robot is much more than playing with a toy.

“I’ve learned a lot of time management skills, which was a huge thing. Problem solving, team work abilities, not to mention engineering skills in itself.”

28 students from Klamath Falls have spent the past 6 weeks designing, building, and programming their robot for a competition. Science teacher Dan Dickey explains…

“There’s a combination of shooting baskets, and balancing – there’s ramps between the two sides of the field.”

Students have been working on the project seven days a week. Their work has included building a website, (www.kbbots.com), writing essays, and even giving media interviews.

“Having interviews is just, it helps you” Says team member Chelsea Harmon. “Especially in the job world.”

A regional competition will be held in Portland starting March 9th, and advisor Dan Dickey notes there’s plenty at stake…

“Last year, there were fourteen million in scholarships involved.”

But the biggest prize may be the lessons learned through hard work and tenacity.

“Last Sunday, I worked 2 hours on a math equation just to get one little angle” Noted Kyle Hanson. “But it was all stuff I learned in pre-calculus.”

Over 58,000 students nationwide are involved in the robotics competition.

‘Segway’ inventor Dean Kamen engineered the first student robotics competition back in 1989 in New Hampshire.

This is the first year a team has been put together in the Klamath Basin.

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