Pancakes and robots: Petoskey High School's robotics team to host breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 5
At FIRST Robotics competitions, students design and build robots to perform specific tasks. The Petoskey Paladins' robot from 2012 is featured on the nearest balance board. (Courtesy photo / January 2, 2013)
At 10:30 a.m. attendees may also view the international webcast kick-off for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Challenge for 2013. The webcast will include motivational speakers, a description of this year's upcoming competition, and an animated demonstration of this year's featured game.
FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors. Students solve real-world engineering problems in order to compete in the challenge. Local volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Forty students participate on the Petoskey Paladins team. During the competition season, the students work in different areas of specialty including CAD, mechanical, programming, electronics, marketing and/or pit design. All of these subgroup specialties make up the robotics team. The Jan. 5 kick-off marks the beginning of a six-week design and build season. Teams from Charlevoix, Indian River and Johannesburg will attend.
For Saturday's fundraiser and kick-off event, last year's robots from the Rebound Rumble game will be on display to the public, demonstrating their competition prowess. The Paladins' robot was known for its shooting ability, which led to its entry into the 2012 State Championship. The funds raised at the breakfast will help the entire team attend the competitions, including, if they qualify again this year, the 2013 state championships held in Ypsilanti this spring.
The G3: Geeks, Gears, and Gadgets middle school robotics team will also demonstrate its robot from the just-completed 2012 season. Middle school students are invited to attend to see the robotics program demonstrations.
Cost for the event is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Parents, community members, mentors, and business/industry members are all encouraged to attend.
For more information about the US FIRST program, visit them online at www.usfirst.org. For more information about the Paladins and how to support them, contact Lance Bailey at (231) 881-6738.