Robotics team invites public to design night

Whidbey Island Wildcats robotics team invites members of the community help it choose the robot design for its next competition. People can come vote on their favorite robot design at the team’s design night held from 6-8 p.m., Friday at the Oak Harbor High School Library.

Three teams of students will present their plan for how their robot can best accomplish the tasks at the competition, held March 2-4 in Mount Vernon.

“We’d like to encourage as much involvement by the community as we can,” said Gary Thayer, an assistant mentor for the team.

The team’s robot must be able to perform certain tasks as part of the games involved in the competition. The students will determine how to make their machine able to pick up, move and drop off large cubes; climb and have certain autonomous functions.

The same robot will be used at another competition in April, and if the team does well there it will also go to the regional competition in Portland later that month.

For now, team member Logan Ince just asks the community to attend the design night and “help us not suck at building robots.”

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