The Popularity of Robotic Competitions

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.Robotic competitions are becoming more and more popular among high school students. One college, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York, hosted a robotics competition which pitted 1800 students in teams from Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut.
Engaging Students Using Science and Technology

Using both off-the-shelf and specialized printed circuit boards, students are able to create robots to compete against other students and their robots in order to complete certain tasks.In some cases, the students' robots must compete and perform a variety of tasks set about in the competition. In a competition at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin, students must enter the robots in four different competitions. They have to learn to calibrate the robot, they have to understand electronics and programming, and they have to understand how to make the robot perform in a precise manner. Just because it is competition it doesn't mean that it isn't educational. It teaches students to think and allows them to come up with new solutions.
It's More Than Just the Student Teams
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In total, more than 75,000 high school students will compete in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's FIRST® or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics competition. These robots are set up for a recycling themed game. The team score points when the robots stack totes on specific scoring platforms and place recycling containers on top of those totes. The robots get more points for disposing "litter" in the form of pool noodles. By emphasizing both science and recycling, students gain a broader sense of the world around them. The students are from the United States and also international high school students.
Enter the Printed Circuit Board

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Printed circuit boards make robots possible, by giving them the ability to be programmed for certain tasks. Without the "guts" of the printed circuit board and PCB fabrication, students would have a hard time doing anything with the robotics.

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Whether they buy off-the-shelf hardware, or have a special board created for them, depending on the tasks required for competition requires a special understanding when it comes to electrical engineering and printed circuit boards.