The Port Clinton Middle School Tech Team traveled to the Toledo Tech Academy on Saturday, to compete against teams of all ages and experience levels. The team presented well in their Core Values, Robot Design Executive Summary and their research project on protecting astronauts from space radiation.
Redskin Tech Team has been diligently working on robot programming and research presentation. The competition was not just about programming a robot, but also to identify a problem and devise a plan to solve it. This year’s students did a research project on protecting astronauts from space radiation.
There are three areas of competition and presenting to judges. The first area is presenting their problem and solution. Students have five minutes to share all of their research and a plan to solve it. After presenting their projects, judges ask questions for another ten minutes putting the team’s knowledge to the test.
Students then have to be able to discuss their Core Values as a team, including the topics of discovery, inclusion, integration and cooperation. In another judging session, students share with judges their Robot Design Executive Summary.
Students spent weeks through trial and error programming of their robot to complete various tasks on the game board. Each task is worth different point values; the more difficult the task, the higher the points.
Tech Team members include Owen Auxter, Akella Nardecchia, Gavin Maloy, Cameron Gillum, Grace Smothers, Paige Smothers, Parker Fanning and Jordan Mazur. PCMS Tech Team advisors are Ron Aukerman and Katie Schroeder.